June 2017

2017 | In Focus | June 2017Community FirstGreater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance

2017 | In Focus | June 2017

Community First

Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance

“There’s a real sense of community here,” says Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance President/CEO Charles Sparks. “People feel like they can really make a difference by getting involved.” With an unemployment rate consistently below five percent and accolades ranging from Industry Week magazine’s “First in the nation in manufacturing presence, productivity and strength” to “Indiana Community of the Year,” the claim checks out.

2017 | In Focus | June 2017Room to GrowSalina Community Economic Development Organization

2017 | In Focus | June 2017

Room to Grow

Salina Community Economic Development Organization

Salina is located in north-central Kansas amidst the Smokey Hills region of the Great Plains. In this region, there are many opportunities for business. The Salina Community Economic Development Organization (SCEDO) is a relatively new organization that works with the local chamber of commerce to further the economic health of Salina with a diverse business culture. Revitalization efforts are underway, and industrial parks are at the ready. Business in Focus spoke with Executive Director Mitch Robinson.

2017 | In Focus | June 2017The Industry of InnovationLeavenworth County Development Corporation

2017 | In Focus | June 2017

The Industry of Innovation

Leavenworth County Development Corporation

The Leavenworth County Development Corporation (LCDC) is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit focused on the economic development of four communities in Leavenworth County including Leavenworth, Lansing, Basehor and Tonganoxie. It works to recruit new businesses and retain and expand existing businesses. Steve Jack, executive director of the LCDC, believes that Leavenworth County is uniquely situated to attract business to the area.

2017 | In Focus | June 2017People, Place, ProximityFranklin County, KS

2017 | In Focus | June 2017

People, Place, Proximity

Franklin County, KS

Named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the beloved American diplomat, scientist, printer and author, Franklin County is one of the most readily accessible counties in the entire State of Kansas. The 572-square-mile county lies right in the heart of the United States transportation corridor and is reachable via road, rail, barge and port, making Franklin County an ideal location for businesses of all sizes to set down roots.

2017 | In Focus | June 2017Opportunity for AllFinney County, KS

2017 | In Focus | June 2017

Opportunity for All

Finney County, KS

Finney County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) is fully funded by the county, its two incorporated cities of Garden City and Holcomb and the Garden City Community College. Its goal is to increase the tax base of Finney County by attracting new businesses to the community, helping businesses expand and thrive and creating housing and development opportunities. It works to make the quality of life in the community marketable to the outside world for both new businesses as well as the employee base needed to support the businesses in the area.

2017 | In Focus | June 2017Smarter SystemsNEXCOM

2017 | In Focus | June 2017

Smarter Systems


NEXCOM is a manufacturer of industrial-grade computer hardware for various vertical application markets. Founded in 1992 in Taipei, Taiwan, the company has made many innovative and exciting products and continues to push the boundaries of intelligent systems design.

2017 | In Focus | June 2017Innovation Equals SuccessD&D Automation

2017 | In Focus | June 2017

Innovation Equals Success

D&D Automation

D&D Automation of Stratford, Ontario marks its twenty-fifth anniversary this year with a new line of cutting-edge products and services. These include the latest version of the company’s VERA (Vision-Enabled Robotic Assembly) system which D&D promises will revolutionize the industrial parts feeding process. The company is also piloting an app to display factory performance data and now does computer-based factory simulations for clients.


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