Friday, July 27, 2018

Robots a mixed bag, says speaker at national chamber event

By Perry Beeman

The talk was about robots, artificial intelligence and the like. “In the long term, this will be positive, but it will be very different than where we are now,” Holladay, Market Street founder and CEO, said in an interview...

Mac Holladay of Atlanta-based Market Street Services, in town for the national convention of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, talked to the Business Record about the pros and cons of automation — one of the topics covered at this week’s sessions...


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Friday, April 27, 2018

Market Street executive: Wichita, region ahead of others on economic development

By Bryan Horwath

The vice president of a consulting firm hired by the Greater Wichita Partnership likes to say that economic development plans need to be updated often in order for communities to stay up with their competition.


"Typically, we're talking about five-year strategies in terms of funding cycle and planning horizon," says Alex Pearlstein of Atlanta-based Market Street Services. "Because economies and communities change so much now, you kind of have to take a look every year at what you've done."

Pearlstein is in town this week to begin work to help move along economic development plans for the 10-county region that surrounds Wichita.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WF Chamber reveals new strategic plan at Falls Future Forum

By Alex Achten, Reporter

The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce laid out a new strategic plan to improve a handful of areas Thursday at the Falls Future Forum.

Nine months ago the Chamber hired Market Street Services, not the grocery store, to come in and do an economic study of Wichita Falls that they could use as a blueprint going forward. That has now been revealed and the Chamber is excited about the future.

"The younger generation is watching," C.E.O. of Dexter Learning in downtown Wichita Falls, Michael Olaya said. "And we're looking to see that the city is going to invest in the future of this city."

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Forum offers preview of city economic plan

By Claire Kowalick, Times Record News

The future of Wichita Falls hinges on how the public votes on seven propositions a month from now.

A luncheon forum April 19 will unveil an economic strategy for the city’s growth and how the bond propositions bolster that plan.

Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Henry Florsheim said an economic plan that a resident-led steering committee has been working on since last August fortuitously coincides with the city’s May bond election.

In June 2017, the city contracted with Market Street Services Inc. for a comprehensive economic development strategy.


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

GWP looks to Atlanta firm to help with regional development


By Bryan Horwath – Reporter, Wichita Business Journal

As the community’s appetite for growth becomes more and more obvious, the Greater Wichita Partnership is hoping for some clarity on what the area needs to move forward.


Last month, the publicly-supported regional economic development organization asked for and received $45,000 in additional funding from Sedgwick County to go toward the hiring of a firm to help it focus in on a long-term development plan. The partnership is also getting $45,000 from the city of Wichita.


Not all county commissioners thought giving additional taxpayer money to the partnership was a good move (Commissioner Richard Ranzau opposed the idea), but the additional funding was approved.



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Friday, March 2, 2018

‘We are almost there’: Speaker describes fundraising success for Topeka’s Momentum 2022


By Tim Hrenchir, The Topeka Capital-Journal

Momentum 2022′s ongoing capital campaign has raised $6.18 million of its $6.3 million goal in private donations from local investors.

Kayla Bitler, Momentum 2022 strategic coordinator for Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and GO Topeka, said Thursday she expects the campaign to exceed its goal.

“We are almost there,” she told Downtown Topeka Rotary Club members at a luncheon in the Kansas Expocentre’s Maner Conference Centre. “We have over $1 million in pending investments and we also have about another 100 names that we have added to the list of individuals to approach for funding.”

She acknowledged it’s “kind of hard” to describe Momentum 2022 in a nutshell. It’s definition is a “holistic economic development strategy for Topeka and Shawnee County.”


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Building a sustainable work force - Community assessment reveals troubling areas

By Joy Hampton

Norman is slowly losing its young adult working population, a recent study found.

“The city of Norman is growing and growing faster than many peer communities,” said Matt Tarleton, vice president and principal at Market Street Services. The company recently completed a community assessment to identify Norman’s strengths and weaknesses.

“You all have a very young work force, which is a good thing. But in the last five years, the core working age population is declining,” Tarleton said. A 2016 survey of 300 University of Oklahoma students found that only three percent indicated they would definitely stay in Norman after graduating, while 46 percent indicated that they definitely would not live in Norman after graduation...


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