Fountain Hills is a unique community – the town is centered around, and gets its namesake from, a spectacular fountain that reaches 560 feet. “The town was built to take advantage of the views throughout the entire area, including our iconic fountain, the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountains,” says Mayor Linda Kavanagh, who, along with Town Manager Grady Miller and Economic Development Director Scott Cooper, spoke with us from Fountain Hills’ Town Hall.
Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corporation
Industry, Metals, Agriculture & Lifestyle the Oregon Way
There is something special about Oregon. The mix of rural simplicity with urban hipster progressivism and twenty-first-century industrial technology creates a cultural hybrid of old and new, country and city that produces some of the smartest and funniest people you will ever meet.
City of Camas, WA
From 19th Century Paper and Lumber to 21st Century Tech
Camas is a town built around economic opportunity from its origin surrounding three lumber mills and a paper mill that remains the largest west of the Mississippi to the late eighties when the technology sector took the State of Washington by storm. Despite growing from lumber and pulp to technology and gaining thousands of citizens, Camas retains its hometown small town feel. Paul Dennis and Scott Higgins spoke to me from their offices in city hall.
Richland Community Development Group
Over Two Hundred Years at the Heart of American Industry
Richland County was named after the fertile land settlers found there just a few years before it was first incorporated in 1808. By the middle of the twentieth century, the area was at the center of the American manufacturing belt, which has deteriorated in the last few decades…
Designing the Future
Thermwood has made its home in Dale, Indiana since it began operations at the end of the 1960s. Jason Susnjara has served as vice president of marketing for ten years at the pioneering company and spoke to me from his office.
While many companies are capable of integrating new technology, iDrive Logistics creates its own. Two notable new products are its shipping software—called ShipCaddie—and its new online parcel auditing system.
Working to diversity an economy that has the highest reliance on a single industry in the United States is indeed a challenge. The primary business of Atlantic County, New Jersey, has always been gaming, casinos, poker tables and tourism. Since the seventies, taxes from this industry have supported the Atlantic City region, but today casinos are shuttered, leaving 8,000 to 12,000 people out of work and causing the highest residential foreclosure rate in the country.
Paris Regional Medical Center
Healthcare Close to Home
Ninety miles from the urban density of Dallas, Texas lies Paris, a midsize town of some 25,000 souls at the nexus of the old railroad and the Red River that divides the lone-star state from neighboring Oklahoma. At the heart of this down-home community immortalized in Wim Wender’s film of the same name is the Paris Regional Medical Center.
Relationships and Innovation
TimeLine Logistic was launched in 2010 and had its sights set on the on the front of the end of the nuclear fuel cycle from the beginning. “We do everything from hauling the ore out of Saskatoon here to taking fuel into the power plants. With the depressed market in oil and gas, this past year’s been a struggle, but we’ve been able to keep our core customers, and with our nuclear business being ready to come online, it’s actually been able to boost us up and help compensate for the depressed oil market,” says President Troy Stimpson.
Specialization, Strategy and the Science of Win-Win
When Walter Coles Jr., the CEO of Skeena Resources, discusses the junior mining company’s Chairman of the Board Ron Netolitzky, he speaks in the slightly hushed tones reserved for the legendary. As Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky enjoy membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Ron earned a similar distinction in the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 2015. Mr. Netolitzky has also been honoured with the Prospector of the Year Award from the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) and Developer of the Year Award from the BC & Yukon Chamber of Mines.
City of Miami Gardens
Growing the Future
Oliver G. Gilbert became the Mayor of Miami Gardens in 2012, merely nine years after the City came into being in 2003. “My mom still stays here in the house that I grew up in. I bought the home I lived in until I was ten (10) years old from my parents and live there with my son. My sisters still live in the city as well,” he says. “I went to elementary, middle, and high school here; I’m really a small town kid. I want people to see the Miami Gardens that I see. We can look at where we were twenty years ago and compare it to where we are now and look forward to where we can be.”
Gage Brothers Concrete Products
Teamwork, Innovation and Ambition
Despite joining the Gage Brothers in 1980, Company President Tom Kelley doesn’t feel that he has ever worked a day in his life. “I wake up every morning, and I can’t wait to get here. I just thoroughly enjoy every day. When I got here in 1980, there were about 80 people and about $4,000,000 a year in sales; now in 2016 we are doing about $60 million a year in sales with three times the workforce.”
Del Papa Distributing
Bringing Brands to Texas for over One Hundred Years
You know you are talking to Texas when Del Papa’s Vice President of Corporate Relations & Communication Peter Williamson comes on the phone. There is no mistaking that Lone-Star accent. “A focused and targeted sense of urgency is our theme,” he says.
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