July 2018

On the Cusp of Greatness

On the Cusp of Greatness

City of Moose Jaw, SK

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is home to a strong economy with diverse industries, all of which are exhibiting signs of growth, and there are many indications that the city is about to experience great things.
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The City of Moose Jaw is embarking on a new and very exciting chapter in its history, and people like Economic Development Officer Jim Dixon love sharing the city’s tale, showcasing the many reasons why it is a great place to live, learn, work, invest and visit.

Incentive and Expansion Abounds in Evans, Colorado

Incentive and Expansion Abounds in Evans, Colorado

City of Evans, CO

Colorado is one of those ideal states that offers everything an outdoor enthusiast could want – plenty of sunshine and four full seasons, access to beautiful rivers, hiking and biking trails – not to mention the Rocky Mountains and wide open spaces. The towns and cities in the state range in size and diversity and are known for a variety of attractions. The northern city of Evans, located along the South Platte River, is one of the most resilient and enticing of them all.
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Founded in 1867 with a modest population of 400, Evans now has over 22,000 residents and is the second largest city in Weld County. Located south of Greely at U.S. Highway 85 and U.S. Highway 34 connecting to Denver and Nebraska, Evans is home to the University of Northern Colorado, and is only an hour’s drive to the Denver International Airport.

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.

Embracing the Cool Factor

Embracing the Cool Factor

City of Costa Mesa, California

The City of Costa Mesa in Orange County California is teeming with success stories, from the return and growth of the shoe manufacturer Vans to its own Taco Maria being awarded LA Times Restaurant of the Year. The City is home to creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit – including but not limited to a strong action sports enclave that brings surf and skate aficionados from all over the world to the five world headquarters that call Costa Mesa home.
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We spoke with City Manager Tom Hatch about developments over the last three years, the City’s search for identity and its furtherance of a great model that is garnering a lot of attention in California and around the U.S.

The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

How NAFTA Shapes Business

In many ways, it is hard to believe that the North American Free Trade agreement, better known simply as NAFTA, turns 25 next year. To some, that may seem like an eternity; to others, a mere blip in the fabric of time.
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Considering the economic and political uncertainty of the past few months alone – one need look no further than the never-ending torrent of articles about turbulent relations between American President Donald Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for example – NAFTA’s history is firmly rooted in the politics of the past, yet its branches must remain flexible for the future prosperity of both nations.

Continuing to Blossom in the Florida Everglades

Continuing to Blossom in the Florida Everglades

Town of Davie, FL

Since it was profiled last year in Business in Focus, the Town of Davie in Broward County, Florida, continues to blossom and grow. Largely undeveloped swampland until the twentieth century, Davie currently boasts a highly-educated workforce, a Town Council with a pro-business mindset and an excellent location. It is safe to say that Davie is on the move.
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“The areas where we’ve seen the most activity are in our downtown corridor and the Academical Village. At the Academical Village, the hospital has broken ground, and they’ve started on their foundation. The estimated time for completion is mid-2021. They will start pouring concrete from August to December,” states Assistant Town Administrator Phillip Holste.

Managing Clients’ Real Estate as if it is Their Own

Managing Clients’ Real Estate as if it is Their Own

Larlyn Property Management

A well-established property management company has distinguishable attributes that differentiate it from the competition. Among these attributes are a name that is synonymous with a good reputation within communities, proven leadership capabilities, responsiveness, and a strong foundation of efficient standards of practice. Trusted and capable property management companies don’t view themselves as managers, but rather as owners of properties under their stewardship.
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Perhaps the most significant attribute of a knowledgeable and committed property management company is that it offers the peace of mind that comes with knowing valued assets are in capable hands – that property investments are being managed in accordance with their own unique, specific requirements. This is the company philosophy upon which Larlyn Property Management Limited was founded in 1975.

The Gig Economy

The Gig Economy

Making Work ‘Work’ for You

There are countless studies that demonstrate that the nature of work is changing. Work is becoming increasingly precarious, but what does this mean? Does precarious employment imply doom and gloom or is there a silver lining for work that no longer fits traditional or conventional models? Is it a necessary evolution for the increasingly automated economy?
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Precarious work is defined as non-standard employment that comes with low rates of compensation and limited stability, and often cannot solely support a household. There is no sense of permanence and workloads can vary from day to day, week to week, and month to month.

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