2016 | December 2016 | In FocusIndependence through MobilityRide Right

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Independence through Mobility

Ride Right

Ride Right has asserted itself as a driving force in the U.S. transportation sector. Fueled by a compassionate focus on delivering service with dignity, understanding, and respect, the company has improved access and quality of life for transit-dependent Americans nationwide with one goal in mind: helping them arrive at their destinations on time, safely, and with world-class service.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusWhere Business is Good… Life is BetterUnion County, OR

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Where Business is Good… Life is Better

Union County, OR

The Grande Ronde Valley in Union County, Oregon, has a rich history. Surrounded by the Blue Mountains, the valley was known as the “Valley of Peace” and inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla and Shoshone tribes. Pioneers began to settle along the historic Oregon Trail when gold was discovered in the impressive surroundings of the Blue Mountains in 1862. It was not long before Union County also became known for other natural resources including the agriculture, forestry and ranching upon which its economy was founded.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusRoom to GrowMalheur County, OR

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Room to Grow

Malheur County, OR

Although malheur is French for misfortune, Malheur County is anything but misfortunate. Malheur County Economic Development has a plan to succeed and is working hard to bring it to fruition for this population of over 30,000. Due to the association’s efforts, the last three years has seen impressive growth.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusLocal Opportunities, Local StrengthsEconomic Development Alliance of Lincoln County, OR

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Local Opportunities, Local Strengths

Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County, OR

The Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County (EDALC) is a non-profit, public-private partnership in Newport, Oregon that is dedicated to diversifying the economy of the central Oregon coast and facilitating the creation of quality local jobs. The EDALC provides its services free of charge, acting as a one-stop-shop for businesses seeking to set up in the county. Business in Focus spoke at length with Carolyn Bauman, EDALC’s executive director, to discuss the group’s origins, initiatives, and the county’s future areas of growth.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusA Rural County with an Ambitious Development PlanAllegany County, NY

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

A Rural County with an Ambitious Development Plan

Allegany County, NY

Allegany County has three colleges, a skilled workforce, accessible transportation routes, plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities and big plans for development. The county is situated in southwest New York on the border with Pennsylvania. It is a rural community, based in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and consisting of roughly forty towns and villages. The striking landscape features rolling hills, valleys, forest and fields.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusGreat for Business, Great for LifeCity of Fayetteville, AR

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Great for Business, Great for Life

City of Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville, Arkansas is the county seat of Washington County and rests deep within the Ozarks on the edge of the scenic Boston Mountains. Named after Fayetteville, Tennessee, the city was founded in 1828, incorporated in 1836 and re-chartered in 1867. It is part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical area that includes Washington, Benton and Madison counties in Arkansas and McDonald County in Missouri.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusWelcome HomeThe Water Valley Land Company

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Welcome Home

The Water Valley Land Company

Water Valley has emerged as Northern Colorado’s only resort-style community and has become one of the most desirable places to live in the Rocky Mountain state. The Water Valley project has grown considerably over the years as CEO Lind and his team have added approximately three hundred additional acres to the core area, along with approximately four thousand acres in the area dedicated to other projects over the last thirty years.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusSmall Town, Big SuccessCity of Perryville, MO

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Small Town, Big Success

City of Perryville, MO

Perryville, Missouri is one of those places where faith is paramount. City Administrator Brent Buerck sees this faith as a catalyst for the good fortune bestowed upon this city. Perryville is booming, and it has always been a thriving community. Businesses are setting up here, and not just small entities, but large manufacturers as well. Unemployment is just under five percent, a good infrastructure is in place, and the location is advantageous.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusThe Future of Aviation Technology and Education

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

The Future of Aviation Technology and Education

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.

2016 | In Focus | November 2016Find Yourself in Bruce CountyBruce County, Ontario

2016 | In Focus | November 2016

Find Yourself in Bruce County

Bruce County, Ontario

Ontario’s Bruce County is a little bit of heaven on earth and is home to numerous conservation areas and national and provincial parks including Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park, Sauble Fall Provincial Park and many others. The area is perhaps most famous for the Bruce Peninsula and the Bruce Trail that follows the edge of the Niagara Escarpment for approximately 900 kilometres and is one of the thirteen United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserves in Canada.


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