With a population of almost 20,000 (and growing), Red Deer County offers a unique composition of urban and rural, village and country, industry and agriculture. The region pays homage to its existing industries and its agricultural foundation while keeping its sights set on the future.
Workforce & Economic Development
Connection and Communication – A County’s Journey to Greatness
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).
Big Area, Big Advantages, Big Ambitions
Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority
To be successful in business takes vision, drive and of course, the right location.
Laying the Groundwork for the Future
City of Craig, Colorado
Nestled among canyons, rivers, and forests, Craig, Colorado, is a nature lover’s dream. “We have so many natural amenities to offer,” says Economic Development Manager Shannon Scott.
Where People and Businesses Grow Together
Town of Windsor, Colorado
Although the Town of Windsor, Colorado was not immune to the COVID virus, its economy found a way not only to survive but thrive in the face of it.
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 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.”
Town on a Mission
Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Hundreds of years after its founding, the Town of Chelmsford has emerged as a hub for life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and nanotechnology-related companies.
Game On and Keep Cool – Building a Better, Cooler Computer
Keeping your cool doesn’t only apply to your temperament, especially when it comes to gaming. For CoolIT Systems (CoolIT) it means keeping high-performance desktop computers perfectly cool more efficiently than traditional air-cooling methods are capable of.
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
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
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.
How This Female-led Grass Roots Company Grew Into a Multi-million Dollar Live Lobster Exporting Company
Fishermen's Premium Atlantic Lobster Inc. & Lobster1
Fishermen’s Premium Atlantic Lobster Inc., a leading exporter of live lobster based on Nova Scotia’s south shore since 2015, has now teamed up with New Brunswicker Ted ‘Lobster1’ Baxter, to expand its customer base…
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
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.
Southern Hospitality – Soaring High in Wiregrass Region
Wiregrass Economic Development
Southeast Alabama is a great place to live, learn, work, and prosper, facts of which the residents of Coffee and Geneva Counties, along with the City of Daleville in Dale County, are well aware.
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
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.
Move Over Silicon Valley – Silicon Slopes Coming Through
City of Lehi, UT
Since 2000, Lehi City, Utah, the eighth fastest-growing city in the U.S., has been pioneering Utah’s future as the preferred home for tech giants. The city’s great lifestyle, above-average salaries, and abundance of housing come wrapped in the natural beauty of lakes, rivers, and mountains.
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.
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