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Ghost towns, abandoned factories, and deserted parks

 Ghost towns, abandoned factories, deserted parks and an eerie, visual quiet. Sounds like Chernobyl or a shuttered buggy factory, doesn’t it? It’s not; this is the type of photographic imagery I see all too often on economic development websites. Shots of downtowns with no one on the street, sidewalks or benches. Playground equipment and picnic […]

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As I See It | Could Water Be the Next Economic Development Disrupter?

First, let me say that this article is not about Flint, at least not directly. The focus of this article is on industrial water usage in the United States and what it means for economic development. As I see it, water and wastewater treatment is the new frontier of the “haves” and “have-nots” in economic development. […]

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Demystifying SEO for economic developers

SEO can be a mystifying and intimidating concept. You may have heard web developers talk about things like keywords, alt tags, rankings, or the Google algorithm. On top of that, there are a plethora of companies who would be more than happy to increase your search ranking – for a hefty fee. Is SEO really […]

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AS I SEE IT | A Deeper Look at Headquarters Relocation Projects

By now, everyone has seen the news about GE’s long-anticipated move from Fairfield, Connecticut to Boston’s Seaport District. Additional headquarters relocations continue to occur, it seems, just about every week. With the Tyco merger with Johnson Controls, it looks as if the combined company’s operational U.S. headquarters will stay in Milwaukee, where Johnson Controls is […]

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As I See It | Seven Scintillating Insights

The Mid-America Economic Development Council just held its annual Competitiveness and Site Selector Conference in Chicago. This is always one of the highlights of the year, and if you weren’t able to attend, let me share with you the Seven Scintillating Insights from the Site Selectors in attendance:Corporate headquarters are always a cost loser.Business retention […]

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As I See It | Predictions for Economic Development in 2016

Last year at this time, I wrote about the three persistent trends in economic development – risk mitigation, regionalism, and increased competition within the ED organizations. Each of those had roots in the past, but showed some pronounced changes in how they were playing out. Looking back on this past year, these trends have proven […]

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As I See It | An Insider’s Thoughts on Attracting and Retaining Millennials in Your Community

 My name is Ashley Scray and I am the new research analyst at Ady Advantage…and I am a Millennial. Janet and I have had a lot of discussion about Millennials since I came on board and Janet asked that I write a guest blog with my “Millennial Thoughts”. This is obviously a hot topic right now, […]

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AS I SEE IT | The Future of “Company Towns”

 DuPont’s presence in Delaware has dwindled over the past 200 years. At one point, according to this excellent article by Scott Goss and Jeff Mordock from The News Journal and published in Delaware Online, a tenth of the state’s labor force worked for DuPont, and as recently as 1986, 26,600 employees worked there. Its employee […]

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Talent Strategies for Rural Economic Developers

Chicago is gaining 150,000 Big 10 graduates each June, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. How does a community of 5,000, 10,000 or even 25,000 compete with that? Well, the way rural communities have always competed: by being smart, nimble, and community-centered.About 40 miles north of Interstate 80 in far western Nebraska sit the twin cities […]

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Ten Things You Should Do as a New Rural Economic Development Director

One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet economic development professionals from all over the country, including many who are new to the industry. I mentor as many of these newcomers as I can, because I’m excited for the future they will help create. Truthfully, I learn just as […]

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