Texas’ Economic Developers Work for Business

By David Hodes

It’s boom time again for Texas. And it’s more than just gas and oil leading the charge. Jonathan Taylor, the director of the Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development, says that his office is busier than ever, with applications for business development up 30…

03 Aug 11:22 AM 0 Read More...

Oregon Selling Home-Grown Opportunities

By David Hodes

“First and foremost the state economic activity is prioritizing a ‘grow your own’ approach,” says Sean Robbins, director of Business Oregon, part of the state’s economic development department. “That is the primary thrust of our strategy.”

Robbins says where many states will be talking about recruitment…

03 Aug 11:10 AM 0 Read More...

Iowa’s Platform Shifts Keeps Economy in Check

By David Hodes

Iowa survived the last decade in pretty good shape economically, but state officials know it’s time to do better than just survive.

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), says that in 2011, the Iowa Department of Economic Development was eliminated in favor…

26 May 3:28 PM 0 Read More...

Arkansas: Diversity is the Story of the State

By David Hodes

“We are working on a number of fronts both large and small,” Grant Tennille, the executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), says, acknowledging the legacy of the state having world-famous entrepreneurs over the years as a driving force in current and future economic…

26 May 3:10 PM 0 Read More...

Wisconsin’s Ed System Contributes to Gains

By David Hodes
Wisconsin is working on helping businesses find common goals through a collaboration of economic development organizations to try to change perceptions of potential business partners about the business climate in the state and assist entrepreneurs they say represent the future of economic development in the state.

According…

25 Apr 8:25 PM 0 Read More...