Tag Archives: economic-development; community-development; city-management; strategic-planning

The Friendliest Town In America

Five days on Mt. Desert Island – in particular, the Village of Bar Harbor convinced me of one thing: this is the home of the friendliest people I have ever come across.  The town is a tourist town – obviously.  … Continue reading

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Cycling Piqua, Ohio — Part 1

What a treat!  I was invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Main Street Piqua meeting this past Monday.  My topic was “Downtowns, Cycling and Economic Development.”  It is one thing to go to a community and talk about cycling. … Continue reading

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Introducing Mr. Kendall Harsch and Environmental Services to EDDS

EDDS is proud to welcome Mr. Kendall Harsch to our firm.  Kendall brings a plethora of skills to our firm, expanding our offering of municipal economic development oriented services to include Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments. A … Continue reading

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MAP 21 Impacts for Local Governments

Well, there is good news and bad news: “Specific SAFETEA-LU programs affecting local governments are now largely gone, including the High Risk Rural Road Program, the Safe Routes to Schools Program, the Recreational Trails and Scenic Byways Programs, and the … Continue reading

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First Website and 4th BARC® !

EDDS is proud to announce the construction of their first municipal government website, for the City of Newton Falls, Ohio which includes the 4th Business Assistance Recruitment Calculator (Electric version) online.   Working with the city manager, clerk of council … Continue reading

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Economic Development, Community Development & Internal Infrastructure (pt. 4)

Another important component of the “internal infrastructure” is the personnel and risk management system of the organization.  When I say this as a component of economic/community development, some people’s eyes glass-over.  It all goes back to the idea that an … Continue reading

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Another Look At Downtowns – A Contrarian View

This article is fascinating, calling into question many of the solutions offered as revitalization tools for downtown problems.  The author does seem to point more at downtowns in larger cities, I think there is applicability to small towns too.  What … Continue reading

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Generating Downtown Foot Traffic

One of the most vexing question for any community of any size is how to increase the number of consumers to a downtown.  There are any number of answers, from capital improvements, to festivals to renovation programs.  This article seems … Continue reading

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Channelling your own John Mellencamp?

Here is really good reflection on small towns and economic development written by Bill McMeekin.  I read his posts pretty regularly.  Having been a city manager in a number of small towns, I really understand their attraction, charm and desire … Continue reading

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What Are Site Selectors Looking For?

I found an article/question on LinkedIn and there was a response by a gentleman named George Harben.  His response was short with this URL: http://centralillinois.org/sites/default/files/Tracey%20Bosman.pdf There is some very interesting information on this pdf.  It appears to be from Grubb … Continue reading

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