Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Mystery of Amazon HQ2 Has Finalists Seeing Clues Everywhere

By Karen Weise

Over Labor Day weekend, a club promoter who goes by the name Purple posted a photo on Instagram from the LIV nightclub in Miami. In front of a wall graffitied with names and a single “Life Is Beautiful” sticker, Purple’s arm was casually draped over the shoulders of Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief executive, whose pants matched the host’s name.
“It’s not every day you get to hang with the richest guy in the world,” Purple wrote on Instagram. “What a pleasure.”

But when The Miami Herald covered the celebrity spotting, its cares turned toward the practical: “Could this be good news for Miami’s HQ2 bid?”

Friday marks one year since Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters, a project called HQ2, which the company says will bring $5 billion in investment and 50,000 high-paying jobs to the area it chooses. With no city crowned yet, news outlets, politicians and communities around the country are left reading between the Instagram lines.



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

WF Chamber of Commerce implementing community strategic plan

By Alex Achten, Reporter

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) -


After over a year developing a community strategic plan, the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce is now implementing it in hopes of growing the city's talent pool.

Consultant Market Street Services was hired to help develop the strategy and identified seven areas to focus on.

"At some point, if we don't do something to address these issues, the city will begin to shrink," C.E.O. of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce, Henry Florsheim said.

The areas include improving the city's talent partnerships, aging schools, an economic development program, a thriving Sheppard Air Force Base, an entrepreneurial maker hub, a revitalized downtown, and a bicycle-friendly community.

Now the Chamber is developing action teams for each of those areas to make them happen...



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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Power of ‘and’: Wichita Falls economic plan enters implementation stage

By Claire Kowalick

Last summer, a cross-section of representatives began a process to allow the city of Wichita Falls to grow and thrive.


One year later, that group is set to begin the fifth, and final phase of a comprehensive economic strategy plan.

Steering committee chairman and Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Henry Florsheim said the Chamber has a contractual relationship with the city’s 4A board for economic development in the city.

“Over the past three years, we really started to look at strategy. Who are we really targeting? What are the big issues?” Florsheim said.

When the Chamber started looking at what their targets were, they recognized the task was larger than the Chamber, or any one entity could complete on their own...



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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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