Economic Development InsightsThe Ady Advantage: Strategy Matters

 

The Advantages of WordPress Websites

Any expert will tell you that a successful website must continuously provide fresh, relevant, and clear content to its target audience(s). Choosing which content management software to use to deliver that content is another matter entirely.  Let’s take a shortcut to the number one CMS in the world right now: WordPress. According to a recent survey, […]

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AS I SEE IT | Six Reasons Why Economic Development is a Great Career Path

When my dad started out in site selection consulting some 50 years ago, it was a pretty undefined career path, to say the least.  In fact, you could say the broader economic development and site selection industry was nascent as well, although some of the old timers will remember AEDC and CUED.  While it is […]

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Is your website a billboard or a bulletin board?

According to scientific studies that were widely reported on in the media last year, humans now have shorter attention spans than a goldfish (you can read about it in this article by Time magazine). After a mere eight seconds, humans start to lose concentration, while a goldfish can focus its attention for nine seconds. In the […]

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AS I SEE IT | Skating to Where the Puck Will Be: A New Approach to Talent

 According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, there are more unfilled manufacturing jobs in the US than there have been in 15 years.  The drivers:Companies have invested in new technologiesThese new technologies require more training and educationUntil relatively recently, high schools lost focus on technical education in favor of four-year college programsParents of kids […]

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AS I SEE IT | “A Great Place to Live, Work and Play” Doesn’t Cut It

I jokingly tell those who participate in my training classes that after they finish my course, they will be forbidden from saying that their area is “a great place to live, work and play” without substantiating that claim. Let’s face it: site selectors have heard this a million times, and we’ve learned to just roll our […]

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Are you RFI ready?

We recently worked with a client on a site location project that had an extremely short time frame to make a decision. This is not an unrealistic scenario in the world of site selection. EDOs that are able to respond in a timely manner and include all of the requested information will increase their chances […]

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AS I SEE IT | The Surest Thing Toward Stable Funding  

A couple of years ago, I had the honor of speaking at the 20th Anniversary of a regional economic development group. This one was special to me, as my dad, Bob Ady, had done a lot of their foundational strategy work when he was head of PHH Fantus. Believe it or not, one of the […]

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What can you learn from Main Street?

I recently attended Main Street Now, the annual conference of the National Main Street Center, Inc. Over 1,500 Main Street directors, economic development professionals, and community leaders from small towns, mid-sized cities and urban neighborhood business districts from throughout the U.S. and Canada met in Milwaukee to share successes and insights, address challenges, and plan […]

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Making the most of brownfield opportunities

  Identifying and actively marketing brownfields is a trend that is growing in popularity. At Ady Advantage, we’re increasingly integrating brownfield redevelopment efforts into the strategic plans that we develop for our economic development clients. This allows us to map all of the property assets in the region, which in turn can result in more interest […]

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As I See It | Skating to where the puck will be

So you’re the economic development director in a small- to medium-sized rural community that is showing slow to no growth in population and labor force. Your local employers have a backlog of open jobs, but generally seem disengaged with workforce development (other than one or two star employers). A new supplier serving a nearby OEM […]

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