Spencer Project Complete

On Monday (Jan 7, 2019) we presented the Spencer City Council (Spencer, Iowa) with a final draft of their Economic Development Strategic Work Plan.  The plan, developed in conjunction with the city’s Grow Spencer Commission, covers a range of economic development initiatives for the next five years.  Check out the …

Toyer Strategic Leads Forum in Spencer, Iowa

Toyer Strategic Consultant was in Spencer, Iowa yesterday continuing our work with the Grow Spencer Commission to create Spencer’s new economic development strategic plan.  The day concluded with a community forum where David Toyer made a presentation on the economic development planning process, the core planning components within the strategy, …

The Significance of Micropolitan Statistical Areas

Defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as labor market areas with at least one urban core between 10,000 and 50,000 population, “micropolitans” are far mightier than the “micro” implies.  In fact, micropolitan areas represent roughly 21% of the nation’s counties and around 9% of the population nationwide. …

A Look at 2018’s Top Micropolitans

Unless you live in one, your first question may be: “What’s a Micropolitan?” According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a Micropolitan Statistical Area (μSA) is a labor market area in the United States centered on an urban cluster (urban area, city) with a population of at least …