Archive for the ‘News & Updates’ Category

04-10-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

A billion reasons to read this…   A portion of what we do in the profession of economic development is to analyze data about our area to determine if the economy is improving of declining.  Knowing the right information about who we are and what comprises our strengths and weaknesses helps us focus our attention […]

04-03-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Have a baby….   Over here at our offices we hear from a lot of people who tell us what kinds of retail establishments they would like to see in this community.   We have a long, LONG list of the names of those retailers, and trust us when we say the list continues to grow […]

03-27-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Persistence…   It is often said that football is a game of inches, which equates to the idea that every opportunity to advance or to stop the advancement of the ball may determine whether the contest is either won or lost.   There are a lot of different strategies to winning in a football game, and […]

03-20-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Sometimes it’s not just about us…   With all of the new retail development in the community over the past five years or so, we get a fair amount of comments from those who reside in the community about what types of restaurants they would like to see locate here.    By far, food seems […]

03-13-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Old dog…   You’ve all heard the statement that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Well, that might not be totally accurate if that old dog wants to learn new tricks…and when it comes to marketing, this old dog absolutely, without any hesitation or reservation, wants to up his game when it comes […]

03-06-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, March 20th, 2017

A three legged stool…   Your economic development organization has three core missions that drive the daily focus of our activities.    Those three areas aren’t top secret or merely wishful, but more so are areas that we use to benchmark whether our efforts are paying off or if we are just spinning our wheels.   […]

02-27-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Behind the scenes…   Some of the work of your economic development organization undertakes often goes unnoticed, as it pertains to marketing or reaching out to others who don’t live here, or who possibly aren’t familiar with all of the activity taking place in this area.   That is a fairly typical scenario when it […]

02-20-2017 Monday Memo

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

The long, LONG road ahead…   You can absolutely take it to the bank that if anyone in this community wants to tell you what is going on, it is the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation.  Some days we want to climb on the roof with a bullhorn and broadcast to anyone who will listen the […]

02-13-2017 Monday Memo

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Help Wanted—Who Knew?   The signs are LITERALLY everywhere around us advertising employment opportunity, and if you know where to look, they become a lot easier to see.  Of course that is assuming one wants to look for such opportunities.    Our topic this morning isn’t about motivation, but to contradict the belief by some […]

02-06-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Retail Realities…   Shawnee has been fortunate over the past five years or so to witness a resurgence of interest from national regional retailers who have made a capital investment in our community.  Those investments offer the consumers in our area more retail choices, and at the same time provide additional revenues for the businesses […]