September 2019

2019 | In Focus | September 2019Keeping Utility Rates Low and Quality of Life HighCity of Kaukauna, WI

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

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.

2019 | In Focus | September 2019New Name, Renewed PurposeShawnee Forward Business Alliance

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

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.

2019 | In Focus | September 2019Smarter Development – Tigard, Oregon Delivers Growth and Care for its CitizensCity of Tigard, OR

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

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.

2019 | In Focus | September 2019Gearing up for BusinessCatoosa County (GA) Economic Development Authority (CCEDA)

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

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.

2019 | In Focus | September 2019To Alberta and BeyondTrappers Transport

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

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.

2019 | In Focus | September 2019Sustainable Mobility – A Better Way ForwardMichelin North America

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

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.


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