Workforce & Economic Development

Growth and Prosperity by Design

Growth and Prosperity by Design

Chisago County, MN

In Chisago County, Minnesota growth and development is done by design, and thanks to a countywide strategy, great efforts are being taken to collectively leverage the strengths and the growth potential of its cities, townships, and school districts to make the area a vibrant, prosperous, overall great place to be.

Still Making History

Still Making History

City of Salem, MA

Salem, Massachusetts has earned the tagline ‘Still Making History.’ “We are rooted in history,” says Director of Planning and Community Development Tom Daniel. Founded in 1626, Salem is best known for the infamous witch trials of 1692, which still captivate the public and draw tourists to the community three centuries later.

Focused on Business Development

Focused on Business Development

Waseca County, MN

After featuring Waseca County, Minnesota in 2017, we checked back in with the community this month to hear the latest developments. Several exciting new programs and expansions are underway, but a key factor that has not changed is the high quality of life.

A Dynamo in the Dairy State

A Dynamo in the Dairy State

City of Sun Prairie, WI

As communities across North America adapt to sweeping economic and demographic change, it is more important than ever to identify communities that provide new opportunities while retaining small-town values. Just ten miles north-east of the state capital of Madison, the rapidly-growing city of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin offers ready-made infrastructure, economic incentives, and a can-do attitude that help make this a thriving community.

Urban Oasis

Urban Oasis

City of North Miami, FL

As Miami-Dade County’s sixth-biggest city and home to nearly 70,000 people, the City of North Miami in South Florida is known for being as welcoming and culturally diverse as it is resilient. It is the “middle of the market” strategically located midpoint between several large business districts, two major seaports and two international airports at Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Partners in Development

Partners in Development

Town of Chelmsford, MA

Rich in history, the Town of Chelmsford is a picturesque place where the past seamlessly integrates with the present. Named for Chelmsford, England, this venerable Massachusetts town was incorporated in 1655. Long ago, Chelmsford’s economy was based on farming, limestone quarrying, and lumber mills; almost 370 years later, Chelmsford is known for quality of life, education, and business-friendly thinking.

Working to Drive Bay County, Michigan Forward!

Working to Drive Bay County, Michigan Forward!

Bay Future, Inc.

In a state that is known for its automotive history, leading the charge to drive the local economy forward in Bay County, Michigan is Bay Future, Inc. The economic development organization has found ways to rally communal support for the local economy and community well-being at a time when it was needed most, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Developments – for People, Business, and Nature

New Developments – for People, Business, and Nature

City of Green Bay, WI

It’s an exciting time in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a city that has been successfully redeveloping in ways that so many cities struggle to achieve – paying homage to its industrial past while focusing equally on the needs of its environment, its residents, and its business community.

Living in the Sunshine State – and Loving It

Living in the Sunshine State – and Loving It

City of Winter Garden, FL

A silver lining to the pandemic is the new-found viability of remote work. As we discover that work may be performed from anywhere, where we live becomes more important than ever. In Central Florida, a community that’s both new and historic is offering the opportunity for better, simpler living.

Putting People First

Putting People First

Amherst Madison Real Estate Advisors

Headquartered in Idaho’s bustling capital city of Boise and with a location in the charming suburb of Eagle in the foothills of Boise, Amherst Madison Real Estate Advisors is one of the state’s most respected real estate firms. Featured on the annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, for three years in a row (2018, 2019 and 2020), this independent, full-service business keeps growing to meet the needs of its clientele, and is well-known as “Idaho’s locally-owned and globally-connected real estate brokerage.”

Little City, Big Heart

Little City, Big Heart

City of Cibolo, TX

One of the safest and most livable cities in the State of Texas, the City of Cibolo in Guadalupe County, south central Texas, is bordered by the I-10 to the south and I-35 to the north. Cibolo is successfully attracting diverse new residents with its outstanding work, school and leisure opportunities.

Growing and Thriving Is What They Do Best in Moscow

Growing and Thriving Is What They Do Best in Moscow

City of Moscow, ID

If you’re looking for a great place to visit, live, or work, the City of Moscow, Idaho, boasts impressive amenities including access to international airports, strong broadband, a fantastic live music scene, and stellar restaurants – just to name a few.

An Ideal Location Full of Development Opportunities

An Ideal Location Full of Development Opportunities

City of Smyrna, GA

Known as Jonquil City for the thousands of bright yellow flowers that bloom throughout the community every spring, Smyrna, Georgia boasts charming neighborhoods, a revitalized downtown, and 304 acres of park and green space. Some may remember Smyrna as the hometown of Julia Roberts, but the community deserves a place on the map for far more than Hollywood trivia.

Spend a Day in Cajun Country

Spend a Day in Cajun Country

Allen Parish, LA

Allen Parish, Louisiana is home to a wealth of Cajun traditions and unique tourist attractions. After featuring the community several times in the past, Business in Focus caught back up with Allen Parish Tourist Commission’s Executive Director Adagria Haddock to get the scoop on the Parish’s new Cultural Center and hear the latest news.

Kicking off 2021 with a Gamechanger

Kicking off 2021 with a Gamechanger

The Port of Green Bay

The Port of Green Bay is an economic engine that has been driving growth and prosperity in the City of Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin for centuries. But its true capacity will only now be realized, as new and exciting ways to maximize its potential build steam.

So It’s True About Diversity in the Workplace…

So It’s True About Diversity in the Workplace…

Improved Opportunity is Better Business

“Diversity, or the state of being different, isn’t the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations.” — Psychologist Bill Crawford

Minding Your Business… and Your Children

Minding Your Business… and Your Children

Women Entrepreneurs Balance Work and Family

Those who say you can’t do it all clearly haven’t met a woman running her own business while also raising a family. Attempting to balance work life with personal life when you’re a mother and a business owner is probably one of the most challenging jobs out there. Adding the realities of financial inequality between women entrepreneurs and their male counterparts to the difficulties of sharing childcare and house duties with a partner means these women battle with much more than just the daily strains of keeping a business afloat. And yet, they’re still taking it on and getting it done admirably.

Welcoming Business

Welcoming Business

City of Bellevue, NE

Situated in the heart of the Great Plains, the City of Bellevue, Nebraska enjoys an ideal location along rolling hills overlooking the Missouri River with easy access to Omaha. From a thriving economy and highly ranked schools to over 600 acres of parkland and plenty of Midwestern hospitality, the community ticks all the boxes.

Investing in Community

Investing in Community

City of Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Building on its central location, rich history and accessibility to airports, highway and rail transportation, Wisconsin Rapids is building on its strengths and investing in its people to create a unique sense of place.

Finding New Ways to Grow

Finding New Ways to Grow

City of Kissimmee, FL

The City of Kissimmee is Osceola County’s crown jewel and county seat, and, while this is one of Central Florida’s favorite tourist destinations, there is much more to this well-organized city than first meets the eye. From being the first city in Florida to run all of its City-owned facilities on solar power, to being home to one of Florida’s most remarkable airports, the City of Kissimmee means business.

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