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“I’m not sure if you are stupid or brilliant!”
Those were the words of Charles McFall, President and CEO of the Anderson, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Resource Development Group’s first client in June of 1996.
The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce appointed Jack Pillow as the director of economic development. Before this role, Pillow served as a project manager for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, contributing to the creation of 800 jobs and over $500 million in capital investment. Corey Parks, the chamber's chief economic development officer, believes Pillow's expertise will aid in business attraction, retention, and expansion
The Municipality of Huron East honored the late Jan Hawley, their Economic Development Officer of over 10 years, with a plaque.
Fomcore, a Michigan-based furniture manufacturer, has chosen Pueblo, Colorado, over 19 other communities for its new manufacturing plant. The plant is part of the executive director of Pueblo Economic Development Corp, Jeff Shaw's plans to attract businesses.
Wilton's Economic Development Commission, led by Prasad Iyer, is assessing the local business community's concerns over signage. A survey of 34 businesses revealed dissatisfaction with current regulations as over 75% felt their signage needs were not adequately met.
Montville has hired economic consultant Robert W. Santy, ex-CEO of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, to aid its economic growth and business attraction efforts. (Economic Development Commission Director Liz Burdick)
Business is booming: A look at the economic impact of Candlewood Lake, the largest manmade lake in Connecticut. (Danbury Economic Development Director, Shay Nagarsheth; Brookfield Economic Development Director, Greg Dembowski)