Friday, June 23, 2017

Spartanburg leaders look at ways to end ‘brain drain’

By Bob Montgomery
Charlianne Nestlen is committed to Spartanburg.
She grew up here, earned her degree in communications at USC Upstate and, at 36, is now a successful real estate agent who lives here with her husband and 4-year-old child.
“Spartanburg has a lot,” said Nestlen, chairwoman of the Spartanburg Young Professionals, a Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce networking group. “Some stay and some go. We’re not trying to be Charlotte or Greenville. We’re trying to be the Hub City and create our own identity.”
But many young people don’t share Nestlen’s enthusiasm, and that has some civic and business leaders concerned.

A recent study for the chamber by Atlanta-based Market Street Services found young people are less likely to stay in Spartanburg.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Editorial: Forge attracts young professionals

The Capital-Journal Editorial Board 

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Topeka’s population fell for the fifth straight year in 2016. While the census is conducted every decade, the Census Bureau provides annual population estimates for cities, counties and states across the country. When the last census was released in 2010, Topeka had a population of 127,473 — a number that has fallen to 126,808 if the Census Bureau’s estimate is accurate. The 2015-2016 decrease (457 people) was larger than any of the preceding four years. 

A static or shrinking population can have harmful effects on a community. In September 2016, Market Street Services Inc. completed a community assessment that “examines the competitive issues facing Topeka-Shawnee County” for the Topeka-Shawnee County Holistic Economic Development Strategy steering committee... 



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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The inclusion solution: Sioux Falls grapples with diversity as workforce woes mount

Jeremy J Fugleberg

Jason Ball stepped up to the microphone before the downtown Rotary Club last month and delivered a strong message calling for Sioux Falls to come into its own.
“We have to begin to get okay with becoming a major metro area," said the president and CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce,
The metro area now includes more than 250,000 people, he reminded the crowd.
"We’ve got to grow into the community we need to be," he said. "And I think that’s going to begin here, with us not only just valuing the diversity that exists in this community but finding ways to celebrate it."


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

St. Pete Economic Development Corporation lures marketing firm MXTR to town


St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation has lured its first big catch to St. Petersburg — MXTR Automation. The digital marketing company announced Wednesday that it will fill 20 "high-wage" creative positions within the next 18 months, as well as open an office in downtown St. Petersburg this year.

It's easy to sell this place," Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday. It's unclear what incentives were tied to the expansion.
This will be the Williamsport, Pa.--based company's second location.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Consultants considered for city economic development

Claire Kowalick, Times Record News

Wichita Falls is checking off another item on their “to-do” list by gathering a team to explore increased economic development for the area.

Two resolutions are under consideration at the Wichita Falls City Council meeting Tuesday to approve funding for a comprehensive economic development strategy from Market Street Services Inc. The cost of the study will be split 50/50 between the Wichita Falls Economic Development Corporation (4A) and the 4B Sales Tax Corp., or $91,750 from each group.

At a goal development meeting earlier this year, the council chose “accelerating economic growth” as one of their top goals. The council urged the 4A and 4B boards to work collectively on an economic strategy for the city. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Henry Florsheim began the process, thoroughly investigating more than 20 firms to guide the process. The group was narrowed to four, then two, and finally Market Street and its CEO Mac Holladay were chosen.


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