Economic developers – Top Clusters http://topclusters.org/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 21:09:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://topclusters.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-5-100x100.png Economic developers – Top Clusters http://topclusters.org/ 32 32 GSMP President Jason Giulietti Named One of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2022 – Corridor News https://topclusters.org/gsmp-president-jason-giulietti-named-one-of-north-americas-top-50-economic-developers-of-2022-corridor-news/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 21:09:54 +0000 https://topclusters.org/gsmp-president-jason-giulietti-named-one-of-north-americas-top-50-economic-developers-of-2022-corridor-news/ Staff reports SAINT MARK – Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announced Jason Giulietti, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), as one of The Top 50 Economical Developers in North America in 2022. GSMP leads the regional economic development of the Texas Innovation […]]]>

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SAINT MARK – Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announced Jason Giulietti, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), as one of The Top 50 Economical Developers in North America in 2022.

GSMP leads the regional economic development of the Texas Innovation Corridor between Austin and San Antonio. Through a comprehensive, multi-year strategic economic development plan, Giulietti leads the organization’s strategy to diversify and strengthen the Corridor’s economy with high-quality jobs and new investment.

Giulietti has over 15 years of leadership experience in economic development and marketing at the national and regional levels. Since becoming chair of the Greater San Marcos Partnership in 2020, the organization has facilitated 25 projects, resulting in more than 3,000 new jobs and over $1.5 billion in new capital investments. He and his team continue to develop a strong project portfolio of $73 billion in potential new investments for the corridor while promoting the region’s strengths and advantages for doing business.

“Economic development is a team sport,” Giulietti said. “GSMP’s world-class staff, our Board of Directors and our highly committed public and private sector investors have contributed to the incredible success of our region. The Texas Innovation Corridor is arguably the best place in the country to do business. I am honored to be in such good company from across the country.

Site consultants and their colleagues in the economic development industry have been nominated and selected to be one of Consultant Connect North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2022 for their excellent practices, innovations and successes in building the communities they serve. This annual list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers recognizes top leaders in this field and elevates the conversation around economic development and job creation.

“Releasing the Top 50 list is one of Consultant Connect’s favorite times of the year, because we’re so passionate about recognizing the transformative work of leaders in economic development,” said Carla Sones, Managing Director of Connect consultant. “This year’s group has encountered obstacles like no other Top 50 group has faced in the past year. We are honored to provide them with a platform to be recognized for the passionate commitment they have taken towards their communities.

Each Top 50 Business Developer will be featured individually starting May 9 on social media channels selected by Consultant Connect from instagram, LinkedIn and Twitterr, where each winner will have the opportunity to share their industry knowledge, leadership ideas and professional wisdom with other industry professionals. Consultant Connect strives to elevate the economic development industry by recognizing outstanding economic developers. Recipients will receive their award at Consultant Connect’s ECONOMIX event in Columbus, OH in December.

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GSMP Chairman Named Among Top 50 Business Developers in 2022 https://topclusters.org/gsmp-chairman-named-among-top-50-business-developers-in-2022/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 00:13:44 +0000 https://topclusters.org/gsmp-chairman-named-among-top-50-business-developers-in-2022/ Jason Giulietti, President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, has been named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2022 by Consultant Connect. Giulietti was among those recognized by Consultant Connect – a consulting agency that aims to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants – for their “excellent practices, innovation […]]]>

Jason Giulietti, President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, has been named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2022 by Consultant Connect.

Giulietti was among those recognized by Consultant Connect – a consulting agency that aims to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants – for their “excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve”.

“Releasing the Top 50 list is one of Consultant Connect’s favorite times of the year, because we’re so passionate about recognizing the transformative work of leaders in economic development,” said Carla Sones, Managing Director of Connect consultant. “This year’s group has encountered obstacles like no other Top 50 group has faced in the past year. We are honored to provide them with a platform to be recognized for the passionate commitment they have taken towards their communities.

In his role as President of GSMP, Giulietti helps lead the economic development organization’s strategy to strengthen the Texas Innovation Corridor economy with high-quality jobs and new investment throughout its strategic development plan. full multi-year economic.

He has also facilitated 25 projects, which have created more than 3,000 new jobs and more than $1.5 billion in capital investments in the greater San Marcos area, since becoming GSMP chairman in 2020.

“Economic development is a team sport,” said Giulietti. “GSMP’s world-class staff, our Board of Directors and our highly committed public and private sector investors have contributed to the incredible success of our region. The Texas Innovation Corridor is arguably the best place in the country to do business. I am honored to be in such good company from across the country.

The site’s consultants and colleagues have been nominated and selected to be one of Consultant Connect North America’s Top 50 Business Developers of 2022, which recognizes top leaders in the field.

Consultant Connect said each of the Top 50 Business Developers will be featured individually on their social media platforms, including Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, where each winner will share their industry knowledge, leadership insights and professional wisdom with d other industry professionals, starting May 9.

Winners will receive their awards at Consultant Connect’s ECONOMIX event in Columbus, Ohio in December.

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City Wins First Prize in Two Categories at Economic Developers Council of Ontario’s Annual Conference https://topclusters.org/city-wins-first-prize-in-two-categories-at-economic-developers-council-of-ontarios-annual-conference/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/city-wins-first-prize-in-two-categories-at-economic-developers-council-of-ontarios-annual-conference/ The City of Owen Sound was two out of two Thursday night at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Awards of Excellence. In December, the City was named a finalist in two award categories – Strategic Planning and Development and Workforce Development and Resident Attraction. The River District Action Plan, a collaborative marketing, branding […]]]>

The City of Owen Sound was two out of two Thursday night at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Awards of Excellence. In December, the City was named a finalist in two award categories – Strategic Planning and Development and Workforce Development and Resident Attraction.

The River District Action Plan, a collaborative marketing, branding and action strategy between the City of Owen Sound and the River district Management Consulting, won the EDCO Award in the Planning and Strategic Development (Rural) category.

The River District (formerly Downtown) Action Plan was developed in partnership with the River District Board of Management (formerly DIA) and in consultation with businesses, residents and visitors to the River District. The three-year branding and marketing action plan created a refined brand identity and strategy with clear actions and goals that served as an excellent revitalization tool for the core of the city.

the City work from home Capital of Canada© won the award in the Workforce Development and Resident Attraction (Rural) category.

The Work from Home Capital of Canada© initiative was created to capitalize on people’s desire and ability to work from home on a more permanent basis during the global pandemic.

Both marketing efforts were developed with support from BC Hughes Marketing, a local tourism development, management and marketing firm run by Chris and Bev Hughes.

A thriving city and a collaborative city are both council priorities in the 2021 Strategic Plan Update. The River District Action Plan and the Work from Home Capital of Canada© initiatives have each played a critical role in supporting existing businesses, new start-ups and have worked to engage young people, entrepreneurs, innovators and creative citizens in facilitating economic growth everywhere. the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel of professionals from the fields of economic development, marketing, advertising and tourism judge the submissions, narrowing down the nominees in each category to a list of finalists and possible winners.

For more information, please contact Brent Fisher, Director of Community Development and Marketing at 519-376-4440 ext. 1254 or by email at bfisher@owensound.ca.

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“It’s great to see these two innovative campaigns being recognized at the provincial level. These unique initiatives show our city’s commitment to being a welcoming community that is a great place to live, grow and do business. – Mayor Ian Boddy

“It is an honor to be recognized by EDCO with this award. The River District Management Board and the City of Owen Sound have worked collaboratively with our business community to create a shared vision and business plan. action that will strengthen our business community now and for years to come – Dave Parsons, River District Management Board Chair

Fast facts:

  • The EDCO Awards of Excellence is a well-established program that recognizes economic development initiatives and exceptional individuals in the Province of Ontario.

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Should economic developers take small businesses off their pedestal – to help them? https://topclusters.org/should-economic-developers-take-small-businesses-off-their-pedestal-to-help-them/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 16:06:40 +0000 https://topclusters.org/should-economic-developers-take-small-businesses-off-their-pedestal-to-help-them/ Should small business be removed from its pedestal? Getty This may be heresy for many government agencies and politicians who need to shift their focus on small business if they want to create jobs and wealth – and help small businesses. There are 3 main business strategies to create jobs in a region and have […]]]>

This may be heresy for many government agencies and politicians who need to shift their focus on small business if they want to create jobs and wealth – and help small businesses.

There are 3 main business strategies to create jobs in a region and have an impact on wealth creation:

· Job catalystsWealth importers: These are mostly medium to large sized businesses that sell to regional, national and global markets and import wealth into a region. But often they don’t create a lot of jobs because they have to be very productive and efficient if they want to be globally competitive.

· Job creatorsWealth circulators: These are mostly small businesses, often retail or service, that cater to local consumers who circulate the wealth generated by job catalysts. They need wealth importers and are generally more labor intensive than capital intensive.

· Job Destroyers – Wealth Exporters: They are mainly importers of products or services likely to create jobs, but to export the territorial wealth generated by job catalysts. These companies need employment catalysts to generate wealth.

Yes, small businesses can create jobs. But small businesses do not create jobs in a vacuum. They mostly sell locally. They circulate money that is already in the area. To create jobs, they need increased purchasing power in the territory, which needs someone to import the wealth. This increased wealth of the region can come from employment catalysts that sell outside the region or from government spending, including transfer payments. Small businesses benefit from this wealth that has been brought to the region – by others.

In the 1970s and 1980s, many large American manufacturers began to outsource to reduce costs. They were paying expensive benefits and huge salaries to their own employees, and they found they could outsource to smaller contractors who would hire employees at lower wages and no benefits. The myth that small businesses create jobs has taken hold and has been actively promoted by some government agencies that have benefited from this hype, and it has never relinquished its position in our collective minds.

The reality is that small businesses create jobs if someone else is importing wealth, i.e. they need the increase in direct and indirect purchasing power created by exporting company.

To create or attract export businesses, zones can focus on attracting company branches or develop their own unicorn entrepreneurs who can develop export giants:

· Multinationals and large corporations can set up factories anywhere – will they choose yours?

· What remains of the local entrepreneurs? Can regions develop entrepreneurs who can develop export unicorns, compete with regional, national or global competitors and import wealth?

Venture capitalists do not fund companies until there is proof of potential, ie after Aha! This is because funding before Aha leads to many misses and few home runs, which is not a good recipe for VC success. Entrepreneurs need to know how to go from Idea to Aha with smart financial skills and strategies – and without a VC. This means resource constrained areas should focus on developing unicorn entrepreneurs who can bridge the gap between Idea and Aha without VC.

By focusing on developing globally competitive unicorn entrepreneurs to build more unicorns, regions can import wealth and help small businesses thrive. They can do more for small businesses by doing less.

MY OPINION: Developers in the region can help small businesses by importing more wealth and purchasing power. To do this, they must focus their resources on entrepreneurs who export from the region and import wealth. These exporting companies need more sophisticated leaders who can compete successfully with larger competitors in other areas. Zones can gain more benefits by prioritizing unicorn entrepreneurs who import wealth into the zone. They increase local purchasing power and allow small businesses to create jobs.

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Economic developers detail $500 million ECU upgrades, Greenville https://topclusters.org/economic-developers-detail-500-million-ecu-upgrades-greenville/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 12:26:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/economic-developers-detail-500-million-ecu-upgrades-greenville/ GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – Major improvements are coming to the city of Greenville and ECU. Economic developers expect to spend $500 million on construction projects. They will report on the impact of the projects on ECU, Greenville and area businesses at 10 a.m. Wednesday. About $300 million is expected to go to the Intersect East […]]]>

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – Major improvements are coming to the city of Greenville and ECU.

Economic developers expect to spend $500 million on construction projects. They will report on the impact of the projects on ECU, Greenville and area businesses at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

About $300 million is expected to go to the Intersect East campus. It is a new type of innovation hub that allows companies to increase their success through direct and physical access to the ECU. The project is located on a 19-acre area near Uptown Greenville and is a public-private partnership between ECU and Elliott Sidewalk Communities.

The remaining $200 million will be spent on the new medical school. The state-of-the-art building is expected to create at least 1,700 jobs and allow more students to enroll in the program.

“We don’t just build containers where people come to an office and leave,” said Tim Elliott, managing partner of Elliot Sidewalk Communities.

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Business developers create a mentorship program for founders > GSA Business https://topclusters.org/business-developers-create-a-mentorship-program-for-founders-gsa-business/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 18:49:06 +0000 https://topclusters.org/business-developers-create-a-mentorship-program-for-founders-gsa-business/ The Platform at Greeran entrepreneurial program Greer Development Corp.launched a new six-month mentorship initiative. Since its inception in 2019, Platform at Greer has developed a number of professional groups, including an Entrepreneur Bootcamp, which first fueled the idea of ​​one-on-one founder counseling with volunteers from major companies like BMW, michelin and Sage Automotive Interiorsaccording to […]]]>

The Platform at Greeran entrepreneurial program Greer Development Corp.launched a new six-month mentorship initiative.

Since its inception in 2019, Platform at Greer has developed a number of professional groups, including an Entrepreneur Bootcamp, which first fueled the idea of ​​one-on-one founder counseling with volunteers from major companies like BMW, michelin and Sage Automotive Interiorsaccording to a press release.

“What stood out was everyone’s willingness to help and empower even after bootcamp,” said Shelly Waite-Bey, owner of a cybersecurity consulting firm. Waite SLTS, said in the press release. “I now have mentors with whom I can be vulnerable and open to talk about my professional fears and anxieties.”

For the new program, a group of entrepreneurs and small business owners will be matched for each cohort, lasting six months. Mentors will share advice on business challenges in an informal setting to provide a different perspective on issues that seem to range from overwhelming to indomitable to new entrepreneurs.

“With an original goal of helping to create a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at Greer, The Platform at Greer now offers a comprehensive ecosystem of opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators who want assistance and support to grow their company and who enjoy the experience of being in a supportive community,” said Reno Deaton, executive director of Greer Development Corp., in the release.

The creative storm, Bobby’s barbecue and catering, Gates Technology, Greenville Christmas Trees and Upstate Smart Home Solutions constitute the first cohort of mentors. Following the completion of the initial mentorship cohorts, The Platform at Greer will develop an application process for future mentorship cohorts.

“Through the work of our business partners, our core leadership team and the many entrepreneurs who validate the quality of our programs, we are proving that Greer is an innovative and entrepreneurial community and that entrepreneurs and innovators can succeed here,” said said Deaton in The Release.

Contact Molly Hulsey at 864-720-1223.

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Governor Ivey addresses economic developers https://topclusters.org/governor-ivey-addresses-economic-developers/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/governor-ivey-addresses-economic-developers/ Governor Kay Ivey addressed economic developers at the Alabama Economic Development Association winter conference on Tuesday. The Governor shared with some 300 economic developers in attendance at the luncheon the resilience of Alabama’s economy, its focus on bringing industries — including high-tech jobs — to rural Alabama, as well than on the state’s workforce development […]]]>

Governor Kay Ivey addressed economic developers at the Alabama Economic Development Association winter conference on Tuesday. The Governor shared with some 300 economic developers in attendance at the luncheon the resilience of Alabama’s economy, its focus on bringing industries — including high-tech jobs — to rural Alabama, as well than on the state’s workforce development efforts.

Here are some highlights of the governor’s speech:

“Since I took office, we have made $25 billion in new capital investments. We have created over 50,000 new jobs. We have had record unemployment. And by working together, we’ve created the most prosperous and robust economy in the history of the state of Alabama, making our state the best place to live, work and raise a family. Friends, there is no doubt that one of our economy’s greatest attributes is its strength and resilience. Over the past two years, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, some of which even came through the Biden-Harris administration. But fortunately, here in Alabama, we have an economy that no pandemic, natural disaster, or even an overly ambitious White House can destroy. As we begin this new year, we find that Alabama’s economical engine is revving up and firing on all cylinders.

“As someone who grew up in Wilcox County, I fully understand and appreciate the importance of small town Alabama. Despite the hard knocks thrown at us, our economic development efforts in rural counties of Alabama continued to deliver remarkable results. In 2020 and 2021, we brought more than $1.5 billion in new investments to our rural areas, as well as approximately 3,000 jobs. It’s also worth noting that Since the Alabama Jobs Act took effect in July 2015, 56 incentive projects have brought $4.3 billion in new capital investment and more than 6,000 new jobs to what we call our “targeted” counties. and “raisers”. Folks, rural Alabama is warning the rest of the country! And what’s even more amazing is the fact that the jobs we’re creating in rural Alabama aren’t just limited to industries that are traditional lly located outside the city limits. Last December, I had the opportunity to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a computer company in Brewton, Alabama. Yes, you all heard that right – an IT company in Brewton, Alabama. With a population of just over 5,000, Brewton is probably not the first place you would expect to find employment in software development and web design. But Provalus proves that the talent definitely exists in rural Alabama, which we’ve known forever! This project not only created 200 new jobs in Escambia County, but it also goes a long way in providing other businesses with a glimpse of what is possible in communities like Brewton. Over the past five years, foreign investment in rural Alabama counties has exceeded $1.5 billion and generated more than 4,300 new jobs.

The EDAA also awarded Cullman’s Peggy Smith the David R. Echols Award.

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Greenville’s economic developers are looking to attract tech companies – here’s how https://topclusters.org/greenvilles-economic-developers-are-looking-to-attract-tech-companies-heres-how/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/greenvilles-economic-developers-are-looking-to-attract-tech-companies-heres-how/ GREENVILLE- the Eastern North Carolina Alliance (ENC) in Greenville, a public-private partnership focused on economic development in Greenville and Pitt County, is working to diversify the region’s industrial base by requesting a change in the text. The City of Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Greenville ENC Alliance’s text change request in December, allowing […]]]>
GREENVILLE- the Eastern North Carolina Alliance (ENC) in Greenville, a public-private partnership focused on economic development in Greenville and Pitt County, is working to diversify the region’s industrial base by requesting a change in the text.

The City of Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Greenville ENC Alliance’s text change request in December, allowing it to go to City Council for final approval on Thursday, January 13. Planning and zoning commission approval amends title 9, chapter 4 of the city code to establish a “modular data processing facility” and a “data processing center” as two separate uses, standards associated and zoning districts.

“As the Greenville ENC Alliance strives to diversify our industries for recruiting, we felt it was imperative to respond to this order now to enable us to create growth opportunities in the technology sector,” said said Uconda Dunn, vice president of business development for the Greenville ENC Alliance. “Greenville has garnered great interest from technology companies in recent years, and we look forward to helping them localize and make it easier to locate the site.”

Aerial view of Compute North 1. (Photo by Compute North)

One such company is Compute North, a Minnesota-based data center infrastructure company. Currently, Compute North owns and operates data processing centers in Texas, South Dakota and Nebraska. The company is looking to expand into North Carolina because of its business-friendly climate and continues to evaluate several sites for a data center in the eastern part of the state, including Greenville.

“We’re focusing specifically on locations that are zoned industrial around current industry,” said Kristyan Mjolsnes, vice president of marketing and spokesperson for Compute North. “While Compute North is not the requester for the text amendment, we support the efforts of the Greenville ENC Alliance to bring new technology companies to the region and we support the text amendment.”

Compute North is a leader in TIER 0™ data centers designed for distributed computing. In addition to the interest of locating in Greenville, the company is actively working to finalize the technical developments required to support Optimized Distributed Computing (ODC) – or unencrypted computing – and expects its first ODC client to be operational in early 2022.

“With the approval of the text change and the support of the City Planning and Zoning Commission, we look forward to presenting this to the pro-business, pro-growth Greenville City Council on Thursday,” Dunn added.

If the amendment is approved, Compute North would consider developing its first East Coast data center infrastructure project in Greenville. Compute North expects an initial development investment of approximately $55 million for this project. In addition, the project is expected to create numerous contract jobs and 15 full-time local jobs with an estimated annual salary 20% higher than the Pitt County average salary. The company is also exploring ways to add value to the community through sponsorships, educational training and scholarship opportunities.

Compute North’s energy consumption will come from the Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) and no additional energy purchases are required to support facility operations. In fact, by making more full use of existing wholesale electricity agreements – and providing demand response services – Compute North is likely to help stabilize GUC electricity costs over the medium to long term.

“We worked with the Greenville ENC Alliance to attract companies that could help us grow, diversify and balance our customer base. The opportunity to attract a customer in the data center sector, such as Compute North, would help us achieve this. Such an addition would benefit all of our customers and the city,” said GUC General Manager and CEO Tony Cannon. “GUC supports the work of the Alliance and others who want and are actively working to bring the prosperity that comes with new industries and new businesses. Data processing and distributed computing facilities would bring significant investment, jobs, and electrical load that would benefit the entire Greenville area.

Any location considered by Compute North would undergo a full environmental and wildlife survey to ensure compatibility with environmental regulations. Additionally, the facility would not create toxins as there are no refrigerants or other chemicals used in the operation of their containers. The project will also have to comply with all local noise, storm water and environmental regulations.

*Greenville Utilities Commission is a funding partner of the Greenville Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Alliance.

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The city is named a finalist in two categories of Excellence Awards from the Council of Economic Developers of Ontario https://topclusters.org/the-city-is-named-a-finalist-in-two-categories-of-excellence-awards-from-the-council-of-economic-developers-of-ontario/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 15:42:56 +0000 https://topclusters.org/the-city-is-named-a-finalist-in-two-categories-of-excellence-awards-from-the-council-of-economic-developers-of-ontario/ The City of Owen Sound was named a finalist in two categories of Excellence Awards from the Ontario Council of Economic Developers. The EDCO Awards of Excellence are a well-established program that recognizes outstanding economic development initiatives and individuals in the province of Ontario. The River District Action Plan, a collaborative marketing, branding and action […]]]>


The City of Owen Sound was named a finalist in two categories of Excellence Awards from the Ontario Council of Economic Developers. The EDCO Awards of Excellence are a well-established program that recognizes outstanding economic development initiatives and individuals in the province of Ontario.

The River District Action Plan, a collaborative marketing, branding and action strategy between the City of Owen Sound and the River District Management Board, is a finalist in the “Planning and Strategic Development (Rural)” category “.

The River District (formerly Downtown) action plan was developed in partnership with the River District Management Board (formerly DIA) and in consultation with businesses, residents and visitors to the River District. The three-year Branding and Marketing Action Plan has been developed to create a refined brand identity and strategy with clear actions and goals that will serve as an excellent revitalization tool for the city core.

The City’s Work from Home Capital of Canada © initiative was named a finalist in the “Workforce Development and Resident Attraction (Rural)” category.

The Work from Home Capital of Canada © initiative was created to capitalize on the desire and ability of people to work from home on a more permanent basis during the global pandemic. The six-week campaign was built on the foundation of the City’s “Are You the Most” campaign? (2018 EDCO Innovative Community Award) and aimed to separate Owen Sound from similar municipalities seeking to attract the same demographic by creating an inspiring campaign that stands out as unique.

A thriving city and a collaborative city are both identified as council priorities in the 2021 Strategic Plan update. The River District Action Plan and the Work from Home Capital of Canada © initiatives have each played a critical role. to support existing businesses, new start-ups and work to engage young people, entrepreneurs, innovators and creative citizens to facilitate economic growth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel of professionals from the fields of economic development, marketing, advertising and tourism judge the nominations, narrowing the nominees in each category to a list of finalists. The winners of the 2022 EDCO Awards of Excellence will be announced at the President’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

For more information, please contact Brent Fisher, Director of Community Development and Marketing at 519-376-4440 ext. 1254 or by email at bfisher@owensound.ca.

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“What an honor for the City of River District Action Plan and the City’s Work from Home Capital of Canada © initiative to be announced as finalists in the 2021 Developer Council Awards of Excellence categories.” Ontario economies. It is truly a privilege to be nominated. I want to thank the staff and the River District Management Board for all their hard work as we continue to make Owen Sound a great place to be. where you want to live and work! – Mayor Ian Boddy

“I am delighted to see that the River District Action Plan has been named a finalist for the EDCO 2021 Excellence Awards. The River District Action Plan was created as a collaborative effort. with the City of Owen Sound, River District businesses and community members and is a great example of how working together for change and growth can deliver positive results. – Dave Parsons, Chairman of the District of River Management Board

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Alan Verner named Georgia Economic Developers Association Volunteer of the Year | New https://topclusters.org/alan-verner-named-georgia-economic-developers-association-volunteer-of-the-year-new/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 16:13:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/alan-verner-named-georgia-economic-developers-association-volunteer-of-the-year-new/ Alan Verner, a Morgan County native who chaired the Joint Development Authority for more than 20 years, has been selected as Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Economic Developers Association. Verner retired from the board earlier this year, but his legacy has not been forgotten. “I was very honored to receive this special award […]]]>


Alan Verner, a Morgan County native who chaired the Joint Development Authority for more than 20 years, has been selected as Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Economic Developers Association. Verner retired from the board earlier this year, but his legacy has not been forgotten.

“I was very honored to receive this special award from GEDA,” said Verner after last Monday’s ceremony celebrating his accomplishments.

“The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an economic development volunteer for outstanding service to an economic development organization or community,” said a press release from GEDA. “This year’s recipient is Alan Verner, Chairman of the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties.

Verner was honored for his visionary leadership in transforming the Stanton Springs Industrial Park from rolling rural pastures to a thriving epicenter of medical and technology industries.

After two decades of service and billions of dollars in investments, Stanton Springs Industrial Park is now home to Takeda, a $ 1.2 billion biopharmaceutical company, a $ 14 million bioscience training center and a new facility. of Facebook data, the first phase of which is estimated to cost $ 750 million. Subsequent phases could cost as much as $ 42 billion over the next two decades. Another development is looming on the horizon, after the JDA sold the last developable land to “Baymare”, which is widely regarded as a pseudonym for Facebook. Baymare also secured bonds through the JDA of up to $ 42 billion over the next two decades to develop the booming industry.

Alan Verner had been the head of the JDA since its inception almost 25 years ago.

“I am very proud of all of our accomplishments at Stanton Springs in implementing some of the largest economic development projects in the South East,” said Verner. “Takeda, Facebook and Baymare will provide many benefits to our state and our region for years to come. “

The Georgia Economic Developers Association is a nonprofit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities to its members and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development statewide. For more information, visit GEDA.org.


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