September 2019

Keeping Utility Rates Low and Quality of Life High

Keeping Utility Rates Low and Quality of Life High

City of Kaukauna, WI

Kaukauna’s location on a two-mile stretch of the Fox River with a fifty-foot drop and significant rapids means that the city can produce its own hydroelectric power and offer its residents as much as thirty-five percent savings on their monthly utility bill. To learn more, Business in Focus spoke with Mayor Tony Penterman, Director of Planning and Community Development Bob Jakel, and Kaukauna Utilities General Manager Jeff Feldt.

New Name, Renewed Purpose

New Name, Renewed Purpose

Shawnee Forward Business Alliance

In 2017, Business in Focus spoke with Economic Development Director Tim Burg about Shawnee, the eastern gateway to Oklahoma City. A lot has happened since then, and amongst other things, the development organization name has changed from the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation to the Shawnee Forward Business Alliance. I had the privilege of speaking with one of the new people brought on board: President and Chief Executive Officer Tracy Qualls.

Where Business and Community Thrives

Where Business and Community Thrives

St. Tammany Corporation

St. Tammany is a bustling parish in southern Louisiana. Set on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, an estuary separating the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico, this industrious place is known as one of the state’s finest – in part thanks to the hard work of the St. Tammany Corporation, its brand new economic development organization.

Bringing Business to Illinois

Bringing Business to Illinois

Madison County Community Development

Madison County, Illinois is rooted in history, having been named in 1812 for James Madison, fourth president of the United States and one of America’s founding fathers.

Growth and Success

Growth and Success

Greater Grenada Partnership

Named after southern Spain’s province of Granada, Mississippi’s historic Grenada County is earning a reputation for its many business success stories, entrepreneurial growth, workforce training and development, available land and resources for development, and a great deal more.

Smarter Development – Tigard, Oregon Delivers Growth and Care for its Citizens

Smarter Development – Tigard, Oregon Delivers Growth and Care for its Citizens

City of Tigard, OR

The need for efficient land usage and affordable housing weighs heavy on urban development everywhere. From its incorporation in 1961, Tigard, Oregon has grown from a Portland suburb to a thriving urban center with a population of over 50,000. With strong development assistance programs already in progress and others in the works, the town is just getting started.

Bounty on the Great Lakes

Bounty on the Great Lakes

City of Muskegon, MI

Along the pristine shores of Lakes Muskegon and Michigan lives a community with a fundamental understanding of economics and transformation. Here, the only lazybones around are the lakes, but, with their twinkling shimmer, even these freshwater havens contribute their fair share of economic drivers to the City of Muskegon, Michigan.

The Economic Hub of Northeastern Wisconsin

The Economic Hub of Northeastern Wisconsin

City of Green Bay, WI

Change can be difficult, but for the City of Green Bay, Wisconsin – the economic hub of Northeastern Wisconsin – despite changing market conditions and a new leadership team, it continues to evolve to remain an economic and social center.

Gearing up for Business

Gearing up for Business

Catoosa County (GA) Economic Development Authority (CCEDA)

Rather than the ‘winner takes it all’ approach, sixteen counties in three states – Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama – are cooperating to attract economic development to the entire region. The good news is that it is working for all of them, including Catoosa County in northwest Georgia, which shares a border with Tennessee and is just twenty minutes from Chattanooga, the main economic driver in the region.

Growing Apples – and Growing the Growers

Growing Apples – and Growing the Growers

United Apple

United Apple of western New York State handles, markets and distributes apples and other fresh fruits worldwide, and with its sources does so for 12 months a year. Why does this company succeed where others fail? Because it’s so strongly focused on its growers.

Going Above and Beyond to Give Customers Exactly What They Want

Going Above and Beyond to Give Customers Exactly What They Want

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

Entrepreneurs are a breed a people who are innovative, hardworking, and never seem to settle for a business venture that is just ‘good enough.’ They always want more. This is true of Jerry and Naomi Hancock, a couple from Orem, Utah who had been making their living in food service making customizable food.

A Joint Effort to Address Some Challenging Issues

A Joint Effort to Address Some Challenging Issues

2019 TAC-ITSC Joint Conference and Exhibition

Imagine for a moment being stuck in gridlock. ‘There has to be a better way,’ you may ponder. However, teleportation remains firmly within the realm of science fiction, and our current transportation infrastructure systems are all we have, yet there is always room for improvement.

To Alberta and Beyond

To Alberta and Beyond

Trappers Transport

Back in 2016, I spoke with Dustin Omeniuk, the son of Dan Omeniuk, founder of Trappers Transport Ltd., the leading provider of temperature-sensitive transportation services in the West. At the time, a switch to electronic logbook devices was underway, and expansion into Alberta was in full swing. We recently caught up with Dustin.

Sustainable Mobility – A Better Way Forward

Sustainable Mobility – A Better Way Forward

Michelin North America

From a nineteenth-century rubber factory in France where the Michelin brothers patented an improved pneumatic bicycle tire to a comprehensive, international tire manufacturing company that focuses on sustainability through innovation and corporate social responsibility, Michelin North America, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, continues to lead the way through innovation.

Navigating Change has Never Been This Easy

Navigating Change has Never Been This Easy

Customer Value Partners

For all its inevitability, how we deal with change can make or break us. This becomes especially evident when large companies start shifting. With sixteen years’ experience in change management fueled by technology, CVP (Customer Value Partners) is a powerful ally in navigating organizational transitions.

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