RDA Happenings June 2011

June 1, 2011

Several weeks ago I just happened upon a CNBC program about bio-diesel – it gave a brief history over the past decade as a renewable fuel source, and focused on a U.S. student Josh Tickell, who was a foreign exchange student in Germany who learned about using bio-diesel from his host family. The German family,…

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RDA Happenings May 2011

May 1, 2011

Most communities want to retain, expand and recruit companies to grow the employment and economic base of their region. In order for communities to be successful in these economic development efforts, being prepared is a key component. The preparation is a continuous process of updating the unique characteristics of the community and determining the comparative…

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RDA Happenings April 2011

April 1, 2011

This past month the RDA spent a morning reviewing our strategic plan. Simply, our objectives are to work with existing and new businesses to create higher salaried and skilled jobs with new capital investment in our region. Generally all new jobs are welcomed, even those that are minimum wage to those that are six figures…

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RDA Happenings March 2011

March 1, 2011

Last month for a variety of reasons my 10-year predictors for the Emporia Gazette Progress edition didn’t get included in the publication. So this month’s article are those comments on Emporia’s future. Sometimes we need to look back to the past to determine the future. We began this decade – 2010 – with a smaller…

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RDA Happenings February 2011

February 1, 2011

We are beginning to see signs that the economy is starting to pick up. Typically, when the local, state and national economy begins to start growing again, our existing businesses consider expansion projects. In fact, we have two local manufacturers whose business has been coming back. Earlier on during the recession, a few employees were…

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RDA Annual Report 2010

January 31, 2011

Executive Summary Attached to this Executive Summary is a three-page document, which summarizes a strategic planning meeting, held by the RDA Board of Directors in the fall of 2008. Three general topics were identified – industrial, retail and biosciences. The 2010 priorities were identified as the following: Data collection for retail and community conversations Funding…

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RDA Happenings January 2011

January 1, 2011

The January newsletter topic is generally a recap of the past year in industrial and economic development. Many significant events occurred in 2010. Some of those were that Menu Foods was purchased by Simmons Pet Food. As one door closed on the Menu Foods era, a new opportunity is opening with Simmons Pet Food. I…

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