Workforce & Economic Development

An Arizona OasisMaricopa Economic Development Alliance

An Arizona Oasis

Maricopa Economic Development Alliance

Maricopa, Arizona is enjoying remarkable growth as newcomers are drawn to the community’s economic opportunity, exceptional diversity, quality of life, and affordability, which make the city an attractive alternative to nearby Phoenix. Since 2000, Maricopa’s population has skyrocketed from approximately 1,200 people to 75,000. Just two decades ago, “We were nothing but farmland,” says Christian Price, the former Maricopa mayor and current President and CEO of the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA).

Ready for Continued GrowthCity of Converse, Texas

Ready for Continued Growth

City of Converse, Texas

Converse, Texas continues to grow and thrive. Since Business in Focus profiled the San Antonio suburb in 2015, the community’s prime location, affordable living, and convenient amenities have kept drawing new residents—and the city can accommodate them all.

A Hidden GemCity of La Porte, Texas

A Hidden Gem

City of La Porte, Texas

The City of La Porte is a hidden treasure nestled along Galveston Bay. The slower pace of life in this friendly, tight-knit community feels light years away from nearby Houston. “You truly don’t realize you’re fifteen miles from downtown Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation,” says Assistant City Manager Matt Daeumer. “We’re a gem on Galveston Bay that people don’t know about. And we like it that way because it’s a quiet and comfortable place to live.”

Prioritizing Community and Quality of Life in the Course of Rapid GrowthCity of Welland, ON

Prioritizing Community and Quality of Life in the Course of Rapid Growth

City of Welland, ON

After a decade of steady growth, the City of Welland, Ontario is at last beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Throughout the pandemic, people continued to flock to the area for its space and amenities combined with its proximity to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and New York State. Welland is located in the Regional Municipality of Niagara in Southern Ontario, only twenty minutes from the world-renowned Niagara Falls.

Preserving Cajun CountryAllen Parish’s Leatherwood Museum

Preserving Cajun Country

Allen Parish’s Leatherwood Museum

The Leatherwood Museum is a quaint, small-town treasure nestled in Louisiana’s Cajun country along the Myths and Legends Byway, a scenic drive based on true stories, ghosts, and tall tales. Visitors who meander along the region’s back roads will enjoy an authentic glimpse into the unique culture and heritage of Allen Parish.

A Growing Digital Innovation Hub in the Heart of New England1Berkshire and the Berkshire Innovation Center

A Growing Digital Innovation Hub in the Heart of New England

1Berkshire and the Berkshire Innovation Center

In an era marked by pandemic-induced social distancing and a rising cost of living, rural living is reclaiming its popularity. In western Massachusetts, the region known collectively as the Berkshires has garnered and enjoyed a reputation as a rich cultural and artistic center not only in the Bay State but across the region. Now, its economic development agency 1Berkshire, through a collaborative partnership with the Berkshire Innovation Center and Osher Lifelong Learning at Berkshire Community College (collectively the “Tech Impact Collaborative”) plans to kick its plans into high gear to create a new rural economy and innovation hub ripe for investment and opportunity.

The New NormalChanging Consumer Trends

The New Normal

Changing Consumer Trends

We’ve been through a lot. COVID took pretty much everything we’d taken as normal for decades and turned it all on its ear in little more than a couple of months – and kept things that way for two years.



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