You Should Know the Economic Impact

How often have you. . . Heard a company press on a city or county to make a decision based on their economic impact locally, but without any data? Considered incentives for an economic development deal without knowing more than the number of jobs and total investment as given by …

If You Don’t Have a Certified Site, You Need This

Site certification has gained importance over the last several years as states, utilities and railroads create certification programs. But what if you can’t afford to “certify” your site? Simple, you can do your own due diligence as if you were the project.  Why?  Because site certification was really born out of …

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 …

The problem with being a “Great Place to Live, Work & Play”

Traveling around as much as I do, I hear it from Mayors, I see it in community vision and mission statements, and I read it in marketing brochures. . . [insert city name here] – “A Great Place to Live, Work and Play/Shop/Stay” It’s been the tagline, catch phrase, sound …

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, …