March 2017

Excellence Made Here

Excellence Made Here

City of Ruston, LA

The City of Ruston, population 22,000, is the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, population approximately 47,000. Situated in north central Louisiana, Ruston has lots of appeal – from its churches to its educational institutions, from the strong work ethic of its residents to its close-knit community; the City of Ruston is a great place to do business.
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The City of Ruston was originally a railroad town. Then, at some point, several large families established very successful businesses in the area. Of those companies, one went on to become one of the biggest construction companies in the South.

Small is Beautiful

Small is Beautiful

Micropolitan Areas of North America

From hamlet to village, and town to city, the words used to describe areas where we live continue to evolve. In the United States, ‘city’ refers to a large, permanent human settlement, a chartered municipal corporation. A metropolis, or ‘mother city,’ refers to large cities or a conurbation. While many of us have heard these and other terms to describe populated areas, one less familiar is micropolitan.
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A combination of ‘micro’ and ‘metropolitan,’ the word micropolitan was first used in 1982. The term refers to an urban area or small city with a population of at least 10,000 but fewer than 50,000. The number of residents in a micropolitan is greater than that usually associated with a rural area, but not as great as that found in a metropolitan. More specifically, according to the United States Census Bureau, a micropolitan is a geographic entity “delineated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics.”

Wild Sunsets, Wild Horses, and a Sense of Community

Wild Sunsets, Wild Horses, and a Sense of Community

Town of Fountain Hills, AZ

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.
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The story of Fountain Hills is a distinct tale from the sun belt of the United States. A California developer, McCullough Properties Inc., bought a former cattle ranch of some 12,000 acres to build a “master planned” lakefront community. Disneyland designer Charles Wood Jr. designed the town around the world’s tallest fountain, which started flowing in 1972 to greet the town’s first residents. The community was incorporated in 1989 and today is home to more than 23,000 individuals.

On the Cutting Edge of Irrigation, Agriculture and Lifestyle for Over 100 Years

On the Cutting Edge of Irrigation, Agriculture and Lifestyle for Over 100 Years

City of Hermiston, OR

The United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) oversees water resource management throughout the western United States, controlling irrigation, water supply and hydroelectric power. As the largest wholesaler of water in the nation, USBR brings life’s elixir to 31 million people and provides one in five Western farmers with irrigation for ten million acres producing 60 percent of the country’s vegetables and 25 percent of the fruit and nuts. USBR is also the second largest hydroelectric power producer in the U.S…
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Secretary of the Interior Ethan Allen Hitchcock established the U.S. Reclamation Service in 1902 as part of the U.S. Geological Survey. Revenue from the sale of federal lands financed the program, allowing the agency to study water development in each western state.

The Best Small City in America

The Best Small City in America

City of Moorhead, MN

Moorhead, Minnesota is a city with something for everyone. Located on the Red River, which separates Moorhead from Fargo, North Dakota, the area is well-served by the intersection of Interstates 94 and 29, rail and air service, making it an ideal location for business.
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Accessibility has long played a leading role in Moorhead’s growth. Founded in 1871 and incorporated in 1881, Moorhead was named after William G. Moorhead, a director for the National Pacific Railway. Transportation by rail and the Red River spurred growth in the area. The Homestead Act helped Moorhead become populated and laid its economic foundation.

A Winning Location for Residents and Business Alike

A Winning Location for Residents and Business Alike

Oldham Chamber and Economic Development

With a population of just over 64,000, Oldham County is one of the top three fastest growing counties in Kentucky and has the lowest unemployment rate in the state. Oldham has the highest per capita family income and one of the best educated workforces in Kentucky, combined with an award-winning school system and a number of rich cultural offerings, including a vibrant art scene and even an artisanal distillery.
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Business in Focus spoke to David Bizianes, the Executive Director of the Oldham Chamber, to learn more about this rapidly growing and exciting community and the strategies that the Oldham Chamber is pursuing to support its growth. Bizianes observes that his county offers tremendous benefits in terms of its workforce and prime location.

A Small Town that Packs a Pretty Big Punch

A Small Town that Packs a Pretty Big Punch

Town of Tecumseh, ON

Only a few minutes from the Detroit-Windsor border, Tecumseh’s businesses are within a day’s drive to at least 100 million people in North America, while residents enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a small town and the amenities of city life.
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If you are a business owner looking for an ideal location to expand or relocate or if you are an energetic retiree who dreams of starting a small business as a second career, the Town of Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara maintains you need look no further. “When I talk about Tecumseh, I like to use something from former U.S. President Obama who said, ‘Yes, we can!’”

Making Waves on the Coast

Making Waves on the Coast

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.

When we last spoke with Dru Garson, the chief executive officer of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. development organization, he took us through its work in increasing economic development. To see how things have progressed since the October 2015 article, we spoke with Dru once again.
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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from China is certainly continuing to impact economic development in Washington State. In 2016, there was about $45.6 billion worth of acquisitions and investments. When compared to 2015, that is a tripling of money into the area. This creates an amazing opportunity.

Combining Innovation and Software to Make Construction Equipment Management Simple and More Productive

Combining Innovation and Software to Make Construction Equipment Management Simple and More Productive

Noble Iron

Noble Iron is a technology-driven company that offers on-demand construction equipment for rent and for sale, and software applications to equipment owners and users to manage their equipment’s lifecycle.
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In addition to providing innovative software, Noble Iron takes a unique approach to equipment rentals that involves sharing assets with partner firms and other equipment owners, such as general contractors and construction companies. All of which is putting it on a steady path for growth, say company officials.

State Surveillance

State Surveillance

Not Just a Personal Privacy Problem

Sometimes it seems like the world has gone mad. Perfectly intelligent (I use the word advisedly) political representatives have, over the last couple of years, taken leave of their senses when it comes to encryption, state surveillance, and privacy.
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From the US to the UK and Australia, governments are doing their best to implement surveillance laws that would make the Oceanic government of Orwell’s 1984 look like a beacon of openness and transparency. This creates a problem not only for law-abiding citizens within these polities, but also for national and trans-national businesses.

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