Workforce & Economic Development

Better Together: Uncovering the Value of Franchises

Better Together: Uncovering the Value of Franchises

Canadian Franchise Association

From parking lot painters and dry cleaners, to restaurants, mobile homecare services, and much more, Canadians are increasingly discovering the benefits of being in business for themselves in partnership with big brands. After fifty years in the field, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is the trusted partner prospective franchisees need to help lead the way.

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

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.

The Real Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

The Real Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

City of Mission, B.C.

As the familiar real estate saying goes: location, location, location. The City of Mission, British Columbia has a prime location and a lot to offer businesses and individuals looking for natural beauty and a great community vibe.

Preserving Cajun Country

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 England

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 Normal

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.

Coming Back Stronger than Ever

Coming Back Stronger than Ever

City of Niagara Falls, ON

The past two years under the dark cloud of the pandemic have been tough on everyone, from workers losing their jobs to businesses – especially attractions, restaurants, hotels and other in the hospitality sector – seeing their revenue streams come to a stop.

Good as Gold and Getting Better

Good as Gold and Getting Better

Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority

Bordered by Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and California, the State of Nevada is famed for everything from snowy peaks and desert valleys to Las Vegas glitz and being the world’s fourth-largest producer of gold. Now it’s time for North Nevada to add a lot more value.

Creating Opportunity—Together

Creating Opportunity—Together

Upper Valley Business Alliance

The cities of Lebanon and Hanover are located in the Upper Connecticut River Valley region of central New Hampshire. With a combined population of roughly 27,000 people, the Upper Valley has a breadth of cultural and recreational activities to explore. The region offers incredible educational opportunities, and its medical technology industry is rapidly growing.

The Better Way to Bank

The Better Way to Bank

CUA

It’s good to find a financial institution like CUA, a provider of services and benefits that open the door to brighter financial futures for its customers, and a place where everyone’s voice is heard.

Where History Meets Business

Where History Meets Business

Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce

Founded soon after Texas won independence in the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, the Town of Seguin is one of the oldest in the State. Now, its thriving community shelters a vibrant business environment, thanks to an entrepreneurial spirit and the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Women’s Work

Women’s Work

How Is It Changing?

“For the times, they are a-changin’,” Bob Dylan sang, and times seem to be changing fast. It has been pointed out that 1970 is as far away from 2022 today as it was from 1918 – exactly fifty-two years. Life was vastly different for everyone, but especially for women, in the early twentieth century compared to the technological boom times following 1970. Though much has changed with regard to equality in the workplace, the challenges remain significant, yet not without hope.

A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table

City of Reedley, CA

In an era marked by rising costs of living, workers and businesses alike are setting forth for greener horizons. Southeast of Fresno, California, a rapidly growing community is gaining strength. The city of Reedley, population just over 26,000 and growing, presents a diverse economy, strong quality of life, and fantastic environmental surroundings, earning it a spot in the Golden State’s strongest rising communities.

Everything’s Better in Brockton

Everything’s Better in Brockton

City of Brockton, MA

At first glance, the City of Brockton looks much like one of many leafy, green cities in the American northeast that are shaking out their feathers after the stresses of COVID-19. But, since meeting with three of its inspiring leaders, I am stuck on the theme song from the 1980s box office sensation, Rocky Balboa’s Eye of the Tiger – and the rich texture that this homespun community of almost 106,000 residents has created for itself – despite the global hardships of recent years.

The City that Rises Above the Rest

The City that Rises Above the Rest

City of Sunrise, FL

From its ease of access to its corporate parks, ongoing investment, and well-managed local government, the City of Sunrise represents the best Florida has to offer. Situated in central-western Broward County – one of the three counties comprising the Miami metropolitan area – Sunrise is a hub for major employers like American Express, Chetu HQ, AT&T, Amazon and Comcast to name just a few. It’s home to many national and global headquarters, along with retail, office and manufacturing businesses in tech, medicine, logistics and other areas.

Tampa Bay Treasure

Tampa Bay Treasure

City of Largo, FL

The City of Largo enjoys a prime location nestled between the sunny shores of Florida’s Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “We are located close to a lot of great things,” says Mayor Woody Brown. From water sports, fishing, nature preserves, and amusement parks to museums, NFL football, and aquariums, the surrounding area has it all.

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