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Economic Development and Developers in the News #117

Econ dev news from 85 economic development executives and organizations in 22 states and Canada.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Economic Development and Developers in the News #117
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Welcome to the 117th weekly edition of Economic Development and Developers in the News.

Today's issue contains news from 85 economic development executives and organizations in 22 states and Canada.

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The Econ Dev Show is a podcast and weekday email newsletter of actionable strategies, fresh news, insights, and ideas from the economic development community and your host, Dane Carlson. On Wednesdays, we share news from the economic development community.


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Arkansas

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

Canada

Ryan Kuffner has been announced as the new president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, the city's lead economic agency, succeeding Dayna Spiring.

The Municipality of Huron East honored the late Jan Hawley, their Economic Development Officer of over 10 years, with a plaque.

Colorado

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.

Connecticut

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)

Florida

Gadsden County has set up a new economic development division and appointed Tauren "TJ" Lewis, previously a key player in Tallahassee's economic development scene, as its economic director.


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