Laura McHargue

Growth and Opportunity in Southern Texas

Growth and Opportunity in Southern Texas

City of Cibolo, TX

Since 2000, the city of Cibolo, Texas, has grown by 843 percent, from 3,000 people to nearly 30,000. What’s behind the city’s exponential growth? Business in Focus sat down with Mark Luft, Economic Development Director of the City of Cibolo, to learn what’s attracting so many people to this burgeoning city.
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Cibolo is a suburb of San Antonio located in Guadalupe County, a rural county adjacent to the San Antonio metropolitan area.

A Bay Area City That Has It All

A Bay Area City That Has It All

City of Vallejo, CA

When Business in Focus first featured Vallejo, California in the July 2017 edition, Vallejo was on the verge of completing a new General Plan to define the city’s vision for the next 20 years. For this follow-up feature, we spoke with city leaders to learn about the exciting new developments happening in Vallejo.
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In Vallejo, residents and business owners can have it all; the city offers attractive amenities, reasonably-priced residential and commercial real estate, and a proactive, business-friendly city government, all in close proximity to the area’s major employment centers. Located on the northern end of San Francisco Bay, Vallejo is situated between San Francisco, Oakland/Berkeley, and San Jose/Silicon Valley. As the cost of living in the Bay Area continues to rise, Vallejo truly stands out. The city is booming as people and businesses discover all that it has to offer.

Hub of the Gulf Coast

Hub of the Gulf Coast

Rosenberg, TX

Rosenberg, Texas is poised to become a major transportation and logistics hub, connecting Port Freeport to transit routes across America. Located just 30 miles southwest of Houston, Rosenberg offers all the amenities of a major metropolitan area with plenty of room to grow.
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Rosenberg is growing rapidly as families and businesses discover all that the city has to offer. “It’s a well-balanced life here in Rosenberg. The city is urban in its amenities and opportunities, but still maintains a rural feel, with open land and outdoor activities readily available,” says Jeremy Heath, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC).

A Regional Approach Accelerates Milwaukee’s Economic Resurgence

A Regional Approach Accelerates Milwaukee’s Economic Resurgence

Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Partnership

The Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Partnership is a coalition of seven counties in southeastern Wisconsin. With a unique, regional approach to economic development, Milwaukee 7 is bringing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment to the Milwaukee region.
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Milwaukee 7 represents a seven-county region of southeastern Wisconsin, which includes Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. The region encompasses the city of Milwaukee and the surrounding suburbs, which are home to more than 2 million people. The region is bordered on the east by Lake Michigan and on the south by Illinois.

Defining the Foot and Ankle Segment

Defining the Foot and Ankle Segment

Paragon 28

Paragon 28, Inc., named for both a model of excellence and the 28 bones in the human foot, is committed to developing innovative solutions for foot and ankle surgeons. Driven by an unmatched passion for the foot and ankle segment, Paragon 28 is defining the market with leading edge research and innovations. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado, with a facility in Dublin, Ireland.
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Paragon 28 was founded in 2010 in Birmingham, Alabama, and subsequently relocated to Colorado. “We started the company in a basement in Birmingham. When we first came out to Colorado, we had a small office space, where we had one person answering the phone and had all of our product stored there as well,” says Albert DaCosta, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Paragon 28. DaCosta partnered with VP of National Accounts Lee Rosenthal, Chief Financial officer Jim Riegler, and later with Chief Technology Officer Frank Bono to launch the company. “We were executives from other companies, and we had an idea to build this company on all the different variables that we thought made for a solid company, so we got together and started Paragon 28,” DaCosta says.

The Transformation Continues in Chelmsford, Massachusetts

The Transformation Continues in Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts

The town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts was featured in the February 2017 edition of Business in Focus, where community leaders introduced an ambitious new redevelopment initiative focused on the Route 129 corridor. A year later, the Chelmsford Economic Development Commission is excited to share an update on the project…
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Historic charm meets high-tech industry in Chelmsford. Established in 1655, Chelmsford is located in eastern Massachusetts just 30 miles from Boston. The town is home to 34,000 residents, many of whom are highly skilled and educated. This talented workforce has made the town a thriving center for businesses in the defense, bioscience, communications, and instrumentation industries for many years. The town offers excellent public schools, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus is located nearby. With an outstanding quality of life and a low cost of living, Chelmsford is an attractive place to live and work.

Coming in Loud and Clear

Coming in Loud and Clear

The Marlin Company

Effective communication with employees is paramount to safety, productivity, and morale in the workplace. The Marlin Company understands this well, and provides visual communication platforms that empower companies to communicate more effectively to their employees.
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The Marlin Company has in fact been a leader in workplace communications for more than 100 years. Business in Focus spoke with Frank Kenna III, President and CEO of The Marlin Company, to learn about the company’s past and present success, and how it’s adapting to the ever-changing needs of the market.

A Smart, Growing City

A Smart, Growing City

City of Kirksville, MO

Nicknamed “the smartest city in rural America,” Kirksville, Missouri, is home to world-class educational institutions as well as businesses of all sizes. With a well-educated workforce and a business-friendly culture, the city offers boundless opportunities for new and expanding businesses.
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Kirksville is a regional hub in northeastern Missouri, located on US Highway 63. The city is served by the Kirksville Regional Airport. With a population of 17,500 in Kirksville and nearly 26,000 in Adair County, it is the largest community in the area.

A Bay Area City That Has It All

The Up Bay Boom

City of Vallejo, CA

For decades, rapid growth in high-tech industries has fueled the rising cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The City of Vallejo stands out as an affordable, business-friendly alternative to other cities in the area. With a new General Plan that embraces innovative industries and developments, Vallejo is open for investment. Business in Focus spoke with two of the city’s leaders to learn more.
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Vallejo, California, is located on the north rim of the San Francisco Bay. The waterfront city is centrally located within an hour drive between Sacramento, San Francisco and the Napa Wine Valley. With a population of 122,000, Vallejo is the largest city in Solano County. The city stands out for its numerous amenities combined with attractive housing prices – a rare combination in the Bay Area. For the past six months, Vallejo has been named the hottest real estate market in the U.S. by Realtor.com, due its supply of reasonably-priced real estate in a high-demand area. The area also has a large supply of historic properties available, both residential and commercial, with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.

Innovation in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry

Innovation in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry

Independent Financial Concepts Group

Independent Financial Concepts Group is a Managing General Agency offering insurance and financial products from Canada’s leading providers, along with financial planning and guidance from highly trained advisors. Business in Focus spoke with CEO Gary Mandel and Eric Benchetrit, Director of Professional Development, to learn about how IFCG’s innovative approach to leadership in the financial services and insurance industry.
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Founded in 1999 by Gary Mandel and Jaymie Bongard, Independent Financial Concepts Group (IFCG) has become a leader in the financial services industry by putting customers first. IFCG is a Managing General Agency serving the greater Toronto market.

An Innovative Approach to Economic Development

An Innovative Approach to Economic Development

Mingo County, WV

Located in southwestern West Virginia, Mingo County is in the heart of coal country. In response to the decline of the American coal industry, the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority is forming strategic partnerships and embracing new opportunities to diversify the county’s economic base.
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For nearly 100 years, coal mining was the core of Mingo County’s economy. Large coalfields in the area sustained thousands of well-paid jobs. The county is home to 25,000 residents, many of whom have deep ties to the coal industry.

Becoming A Premier City

Becoming A Premier City

City of Fayetteville, GA

Fayetteville, Georgia, is a historic Southern city that is growing and embracing new development. A vibrant downtown area and investments by the entertainment industry are fueling the city’s growth.
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The City of Fayetteville, Georgia’s vision is “to become a premier city by enhancing the quality of life of residents through effective and efficient service delivery, smart growth development, and exciting economic and recreational opportunities.”

Developing Opportunity in Southern Alabama

Developing Opportunity in Southern Alabama

Covington County, AL

Covington County, located in rural south Alabama, is a place where industry thrives. We spoke with Rick Clifton, President and CEO of the Covington County Economic Development Commission, to learn about what Covington County has to offer.
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Located on the southern border of Alabama, Covington County spans over 1,000 square miles and has a population of 40,000 residents. The area is primarily rural, with several cities including Andalusia, Opp, and Florala. The Covington County Economic Development Commission, led by Rick Clifton, strives to create investment and job growth, and improve the quality of life in Covington County.

Opportunities Abound

Opportunities Abound

Gadsden County, FL

Gadsden County, located in Northwest Florida, is part of the Tallahassee metro area and offers many opportunities for companies looking to do business in the southeastern US. The Gadsden County Development Council (GCDC) is committed to leveraging the county’s strategic assets to strengthen the local economy. Executive Director Beth Kirkland spoke with us about the assets and initiatives that make Gadsden County an ideal location for doing business.
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Gadsden County, Florida, is comprised of six municipalities with a combined population of 46,823 people. Gadsden County provides easy access to all the amenities of the south Georgia – north Florida region providing a workforce of 265,709 people in the 50 mile radius. With a vibrant arts community and an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities featuring many lakes, rivers, and state parks, the county offers endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. “Gadsden is that outdoor playground, with the lakes, the watersports, the fishing and hunting, all the things that people so enjoy,” said Beth Kirkland of the Gadsden County Development Council. “People here have the balance of lifestyle they’re looking for.”

Driving Industrial Growth in Texas

Driving Industrial Growth in Texas

Brazoria County, TX

Throughout Brazoria County, Texas, industry is thriving as companies invest billions of dollars building new plants and expanding facilities. The Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County has worked to promote and diversify the county’s economic base for the past three decades. We spoke with its CEO Sean Stockard and Vice President Gary Basinger to learn why so many companies choose to invest in Brazoria County.
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Stretching from suburban Houston to the Gulf of Mexico, Brazoria County contains dozens of unique communities. For more than seventy-five years, this county has been home to the petrochemical industry as well as a group of related companies. With a location, a skilled workforce, and access to natural resources, it is clear that Brazoria County offers an optimal setting for industry.

Business Thrives in Central Texas

Business Thrives in Central Texas

Brenham Economic Development Foundation

Located in the heart of Texas, the city of Brenham is scenic and historic, a beautiful place to live and work. Brenham is home to many thriving businesses. The city’s convenient location, skilled workforce, and commitment to local businesses make it a great place to invest.
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Brenham, Texas, is a rural city where business flourishes. The area has experienced positive net job growth in eight out of the past ten years, even as the country struggled through the Great Recession, and continues to experience steady growth in population. In addition to sustaining many successful local businesses, the city has also welcomed multiple companies to establish new facilities in the area.

Business Thrives in Central Texas

Business Thrives in Central Texas

Brenham Economic Development Foundation

Located in the heart of Texas, the city of Brenham is scenic and historic, a beautiful place to live and work. Brenham is home to many thriving businesses. The city’s convenient location, skilled workforce, and commitment to local businesses make it a great place to invest.
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Brenham, Texas, is a rural city where business flourishes. The area has experienced positive net job growth in eight out of the past ten years, even as the country struggled through the Great Recession, and continues to experience steady growth in population. In addition to sustaining many successful local businesses, the city has also welcomed multiple companies to establish new facilities in the area.

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