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What's Wrong with WordPress

Friday, March 09, 2018

There's been a war on security, cyber security, and if you have a WordPress site you might be at risk, like the 50,000 users who...
Investment promotion 4.0

Monday, February 19, 2018

By fDi Intelligence IPAs are enhancing their tech strategy with geographic information system platforms, proptech applications and even virtual reality to cater for increasingly sophisticated site-selection processes....
Success Story: Co-ops Build Community

Monday, January 22, 2018

By Great River Energy "If communities are strong and vibrant, our service territory grows, the co-op benefits from that. If communities are dying or not doing...
Golden Shovel Agency Adds New Talent to Team

Monday, January 08, 2018

LITTLE FALLS, MN (Golden Shovel Agency) –- Company growth is happening for The Golden Shovel Agency, four positions have been appointed during the New Year....
Xceligent Bankruptcy: What You Need to Know

Monday, December 18, 2017

LITTLE FALLS, MN -- Xceligent has declared bankruptcy and shut down operations as of December 15, 2017. We are working closely with the GIS Planning...
GSA Team Heads to TEDC

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TEDC’s Conference is packed full of opportunities for economic development professionals looking to network and learn new communication strategies. For a full session agenda please...
APEX: Targeted Growth and Top-Notch Technology

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Growing up in Grand Rapids, on Minnesota’s Iron Range, Brian Hanson learned lessons about the importance of economic diversification early. The region has rich iron...
APEX Debuts 360-Degree Virtual Reality Tour

Thursday, September 21, 2017

By 24-7 Press Release Duluth, MN: The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) is pleased to announce the availability of a 360-degree virtual reality(VR) tour that...
Future of Economic Development: Immersion Video

Monday, August 14, 2017

From the CEO's desk   Future of Economic Development: Virtual Reality In 1995, the internet was still far off in people’s minds and there was no clear consensus...
New programs aim to assist with worker shortage

Monday, July 31, 2017

By My Journal Courier The Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce, is aiming to fix one of the...
SEO For the Savvy Economic Developer

Monday, July 10, 2017

From the CEO’s Desk By Aaron Brossoit Author’s don't’ write books for librarians, they write books for readers. So why are economic developers creating websites just for...
Ramping up: Sharpening the Edge

Thursday, May 18, 2017

By Golden Shovel Agency Engaging potential businesses and workforce in a local economy can be a perplexing task.  Coupled with an ever-changing online environment, it can...
FEDA opts for its own website

Thursday, January 12, 2017

By The Sentinel FAIRMONT — Fairmont Economic Development Authority took a progressive step on Monday by authorizing creation of a self-promotional website. FEDA currently has a link...
Golden Shovel To Attend WEDA 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

By 24-7 Press Release Wyoming Economic Development Association Brings Leaders Together in Cheyenne on January 18 - 19 Participants of the 2017 Wyoming Economic Development Winter Conference...
Golden Shovel CEO To Open EDAM 2017

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

By 24-7 Press Release LITTLE FALLS, MN, January 03, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Economic development executives will converge in Brooklyn Park, MN for the 2017 EDAM Winter...
Goshen County Offers Big Adventures For Travelers

Monday, October 17, 2016

By 24-7 Press Release TORRINGTON, WY, October 17, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Goshen County, WY is pleased to announce the launch of their new website (www.gogoshen.net). Depicting...
Matt Shermoen Joins Golden Shovel Agency

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LITTLE FALLS, MN – Golden Shovel Agency is pleased to announce the addition of Matt Shermoen to our award-winning economic development team. Matt’s experience with...
Attracting Workers With An SEO Strategy

Monday, October 10, 2016

By Aaron Brossoit They can’t come unless they know you exist. Attracting workers is the hottest trend in economic development. Every community I talk to needs...
Michael Cooley Joins Golden Shovel Agency

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

By 24-7 Press Release FORT COLLINS, CO – Golden Shovel Agency is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Cooley to our award-winning economic development team....
4 Ways to Attract New Workforce Online

Thursday, July 28, 2016

By Aaron Brossoit It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the rules changed for economic development organizations. In recent memory, the priority was on attracting businesses and...
Join our Team!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Golden Shovel Agency is currently hiring individuals with a marketing and/or sales background for the Territory Sales Manager position. Golden Shovel Agency is a creative economic...
Should Economic Developers Use Facebook?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

By Aaron Brossoit Over the past few years there has been a significant evolution of social media as it has become more and more a routine...
The new wKREDA website has been launched!

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

We are pleased to annnouce that we have successfully launched a brand new website for the western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance. It has been...
3 Trends of the Best Economic Development Websites

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

By Aaron Brossoit Every year I get the opportunity to work with economic development organizations across the country develop and execute their online communication strategies. It never...
Gateway COG Launches Brand New Website

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Gateway Cities Council of Goverments has partnered with Golden Shovel Agency and its online solution, Economic Gateway, and has recently launched its brand new...
Built for Speed

Monday, October 19, 2015

By Site Selection Magazine Over the past several decades, many rural communities have experienced economic recession without recovery, family and youth outmigration, job loss and disinvestment....
Greater Yankton Living Launches Workforce Website

Friday, October 16, 2015

By 24-7 Press Release YANKTON, SD, October 23, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Greater Yankton Living has partnered with Golden Shovel Agency and its online solution, Economic Gateway,...
News from the COO's desk - June 2015

Monday, June 01, 2015

June 2015 Summer has arrived despite May bringing a host of bizarre weather for seemingly everyone. After attending the Mid America conference in Omaha and more...
News from the COO's desk - May 2015

Friday, May 01, 2015

May 2015 I just completed a move back to Minnesota which concluded with a long drive from the Bay Area in California to the Midwest. Along...
News from the COO's desk - April 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April 2015 It’s official.  Spring is here and it’s time for growth. That is always good news for economic development and our friends across the country...
The new Hillsboro EDC Website is now live!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Greetings! We're excited about sharing more good news with you! We wanted to let you know that we recently launched the new website for Hillsboro Economic...
Golden Shovel News - From the COO's desk

Thursday, January 08, 2015

December 2014 Once again the new year has arrived full of new resolutions and left behind a year to contemplate. December was a whirlwind of activity...
Fremont companies poised for growth

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By Fremont Tribune About 20 percent of the local businesses visited by the Greater Fremont Development Council during 2014 have plans to grow soon, the group’s...
Manufacturers add thousands of jobs

Monday, December 15, 2014

By Prairie Business GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Manufacturing is making a comeback. As the global recession hit in late 2007, manufacturers across the country and locally shed...
SBDC helps translate skills into ownership

Friday, December 12, 2014

By Southern Business Journal CARBONDALE — When three Southern Illinois women found themselves unemployed, they created a business to put their 60 years of combined experience into...
Ottumwa on track with nationwide job growth

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

By Heartland Connection.com OTTUMWA, IOWA -- 2014 has been the best year for nationwide job growth since 1999, and the Ottumwa area is seeing similar gains. According...
Minnesota's future pondered at St. Paul conference

Monday, December 08, 2014

By MINNPOST A look at Minnesota's continuing economic prosperity, through the lens of post-secondary education and workforce development, is happening today in St. Paul. The North Star...
Golden Shovel News - From the COO's desk

Thursday, December 04, 2014

November 2014 Now that most of us have recovered from turkey day festivities, we look back on the last month and are thankful for what turned...
Study emphasizes region as manufacturing hub

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

By kpc News.com Indiana has the heaviest concentration of manufacturing employment in the country, and its northeast region has a higher concentration than the state. The degree...
DEED to award trade and export grants

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

By International Falls Journal The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has been awarded more than $470,000 by the U.S. Small Business Administration for its...
DEED wins National Finance Award

Monday, November 24, 2014

By Brainerd Dispatch The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) named the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) the winner of the 2014 CDFA...
State releases broadband goals

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

By Journal Star.com The state of Nebraska's broadband action plan and goals, five years in the making, were released Friday. More than 60 percent of Nebraska businesses...
Golden Shovel News - From the COO's desk

Monday, November 03, 2014

October 2014 Thank you to all the friends, supporters and clients that we saw at the Annual International Economic Development Conference in Fort Worth, TX. Thanks...
3 metro businesses share $144K in state funding

Monday, October 27, 2014

Article by SC Times Three St. Cloud metro area businesses have received worker-training grants totaling $144,000 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The grants,...
DEED Awards Business-Development Grants

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By Minnesota DEED ST. PAUL – Two Minneapolis organizations that help low-income and minority entrepreneurs were awarded $260,000 in grants from the Minnesota Department of Employment...
Great Falls and Montana Business Briefs

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Article by Great Falls Tribune The Sweetgrass Development board of directors is seeking input and inviting the public to a series of meetings to discuss finalization...
Kokomo Tech Park Marks Milestone

Monday, September 22, 2014

Article by Inside Indiana Business Kokomo, Ind. -- Inventrek Technology Park opened its doors 10 years ago as a "Technology Driven" Business Incubator in January 2004. The...
Indiana Among Top Business Climates

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Article by Inside Indiana Business INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indiana's business climate is best in the Midwest and the seventh best nationwide according to Area Development’s Top...
Middletown doubles down on business retention efforts

Monday, September 15, 2014

Article by Journal-News MIDDLETOWN — City government and The Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton are partnering, they say to better serve existing businesses. By joining...
Miller plans to fill 'big shoes'

Friday, September 12, 2014

Article by The Daily Reporter After the departure of Kathy Evert from the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, Kiley Miller said he knows he has some...
Appanoose County to receive money through USDA

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Article by Daily Iowegian WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has announced that a total of $345,000 will be coming to seven Iowa cities, businesses...
U.S. economy adding better jobs, not just more jobs

Friday, August 29, 2014

Article by msnbc Gallup released some interesting data this morning, noting that 58% of full- or part-time workers are “completely satisfied with their job security.” That’s...
IEDC Names Outside Sales Director

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Article by Inside Indiana Business Indianapolis, Ind. -- Sherry Rose, a seasoned economic development and marketing manager, will serve as the director of outside sales of...
Women’s Business Conference Set

Friday, August 22, 2014

Article by Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at Black Hills State University, in partnership with several Yankton-area businesses, will...
Terry Brunner: New fund will help rural America

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Article by Las Cruces Sun-News Recently, the White House Rural Council, chaired by the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announced the creation of a...
Ag Tourism Touted as Way to Boost Rural Economies

Friday, August 15, 2014

Article by abc News With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters— including a dancing lemon — Bloomery Plantation Distillery has...
Talking economic development

Monday, August 11, 2014

Article by mydailyregister,com POINT PLEASANT — The West Virginia Development Office sponsored a round table discussion on economic development this week at the Marshall University Mid-Ohio...
Monthly series aims to help economic development

Friday, July 25, 2014

Article by TriCities.com A monthly video series seeks to help town and county leaders in Appalachian communities share ideas and boost economic development. The project, “Save Our...
Iowa Lakes Corridor Development hires new CEO

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Article by The Des Moines Register The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp. has hired a new chief executive, the Spencer-based development group said today. Kiley Miller, an...
State offers loans for energy efficiency projects

Monday, July 07, 2014

Article by Southeast Missourian The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday it is making available $7.5 million in low-interest loans to public schools, public or...
German company bringing 230 jobs to Norwalk

Friday, July 04, 2014

Article by Sandusky Register The Germans are coming! Borgers USA Corporation announced Monday that it is building a new $60 million automotive components manufacturing plant at Firelands...
Job to Career Boot Camp coming

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Article by Las Cruces Sun-News Sometimes it's not what you know, or even who you know. Sometimes, it's all about how you present yourself. With hundreds of...
Why Data Centers Are Choosing Iowa

Friday, June 27, 2014

Article by Iowa Public Radio Data centers store digital information off site from a company’s headquarters.  In the past couple years tech giants Google, Facebook and...
Faris graduates from statewide program

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Article by The Daily Iowegian The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation Monday announced that 39 Iowans graduated from the renowned Leadership Iowa program during...
USDA economic development funds to create jobs

Monday, June 16, 2014

Article by Headlight Deming News Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 49 community-based organizations in 27 states, the District of Columbia and the...
Minnesota exports rise 2% to $5 billion in 1Q

Friday, June 13, 2014

Article by Start Tribune Minnesota’s manufactured exports rose 2 percent to $5 billion in the first quarter, though sales to its two biggest markets faltered. The uptick...
State makes loans to help companies grow

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Article by Rapid City Journal Three business projects that will create new employment in eastern South Dakota received approval for $4 million in low-interest government loans...
Why Economic Development Matters

Friday, June 06, 2014

Article by Clay Today There are many things that push a community from average to great, and one of those is economic prosperity for its citizens. As...
Helping small businesses start, grow, succeed

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Article by nwi.com Small businesses are the backbone of the nation’s economy. Yet many fail in the first two to three years because they are undercapitalized...
Topeka’s economic plan for the future

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Article by Kansas First News TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Imagine more restaurants and shops in downtown Topeka and a start-up spot for new businesses. The city says...
Our Story: Sustainable Centerville

Friday, May 23, 2014

Video by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach  Centerville, Iowa, residents are making an in-depth economic assessment of their financial, social, and environmental well-being for long-term...
Pacific Northwest: Right in Tune?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Article by Site Selection Magazine The state and provincial governments of the Pacific Northwest already are known for their strong environmental positions when it comes to...
Arneson steps in to lead economic development

Monday, April 21, 2014

Article by globegazzete.com MASON CITY | Shaun Arneson is excited about the economic development opportunities being created in North Iowa this year. But the interim president of...
SD officials ready to battle workforce issue

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Article by The Daily Republic Bryan Hisel sees opportunities in South Dakota's workforce shortage. "Sometimes, what appears to be a problem is really caused by something good,"...
McClure named NGage director

Monday, March 31, 2014

Article by Beatrice Daily Sunday A former member of the NGage economic development group’s executive board will begin serving as the group’s director next month. The board...
Meet the mentor: DEED's Katie Clark Sieben

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Article by Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal   The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is hosting Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, offering five-minute conversations and coaching sessions with 40 influential businesswomen. The April...
The Power of Business Through Broadband Technology

Friday, March 14, 2014

Article by KNOP-TV Entrepreneurs, businesses and those in the industry learned the latest in broadband technology. UNL Extension Educator for Logan, Lincoln, and McPherson Counties Brenda Aufdenkamp...
Valley's economic development ranking jumps

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Article by The Morning Call When it comes to attracting new business, the Lehigh Valley is No. 2 with a bullet. The region has achieved its highest...
Yankton Sites OK’d As Certified Ready

Friday, February 28, 2014

Article by Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan Pat Costello, Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), has announced that five sites in Yankton have been approved...
State Awards $49K Job Skills Training Grant

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Article by TwinCities Business Minnesota’s economic development agency has awarded a grant to Anoka-Ramsey Community College to provide an Elk River-based company’s employees with job skills...
Wilmington Air Park wins marketing award

Friday, January 10, 2014

Article by Dayton Daily News The Wilmington Air Park has received an award from the Mid-America Economic Development Council, officials announced Thursday. The Air Park won first...
The way forward for economic development

Monday, November 04, 2013

Article by The Express Tribune It is indeed a good move in a country where the autocratic form of government seems an integral part of the...
DEED unveils Made in Minnesota directory

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Article by Business Journal Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has released a Made in Minnesota Directory. The directory is a free, online database of products...
DEED unveils Made in Minnesota directory

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Article by: Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal   |   Sam Black   Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has released a Made in Minnesota Directory. The directory is a...
Innovation Institute secures DEED grant

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Article by The Bemidji Pionner The Minnesota Innovation Institute has secured a $370,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development that will benefit...
Reenergizing Cities with Solar Energy

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Article by Renewable Energy World.com Municipal renewable energy initiatives are hardly a new concept. In many cases the main goal is a heightened environmental sensitivity, and...
Unemployment rate falls across southern Minnesota

Monday, September 30, 2013

Article by Owatonna People's Press The job picture across southern Minnesota continued to show improvement in August as unemployment rates dropped across the region, according to...
Do utilities love customers enough to spend?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Article by InttelligentUtility In the quest to offer better customer service and improved customer-facing services, utilities big and small are rushing to replace vastly outdated customer...
Governor announces economic development grants

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Article by Rapid City Journal Sturgis is among several communities to be awarded economic development grants by the state board of economic development. Gov. Daugaard announced Tuesday...
Economic developers tout Triad’s connectedness

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Article by The Business Journal The central economic development organizations for Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem have collaborated to produce a Triad “community profile” brochure that...
Broadband effort launched to connect every Iowan

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Article by Quad-City Times State officials are embarking on a public-private effort to significantly increase the access, adoption and use of broadband technology for all Iowans. Gov....
Minnesota jobless rate remains at 5.2 pct. in July

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Article by Westport-News.com Minnesota's unemployment rate was unchanged in July as state employers added 4,300 jobs. The Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday that the...
NPPD economic development consultant visits Beatrice

Monday, August 19, 2013

Article by Beatrice Daily Sun The NGage board of directors heard a special presentation from an economic development consultant during the group’s regular Thursday meeting. Keith Ellis,...
Solar Power Industry Consolidation Has Upsides

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Article reposted by Earth Techling GE and First Solar announced last week an important step towards consolidation of the solar industry that will result in the loss of...
Feds to consult with tribal leaders in Fairbanks

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Article by greenwich time.com Authorities from several federal government departments will meet with Interior Alaska tribal leaders at a meeting this week in Fairbanks. The meeting is...
Taking the long view

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Article by The News Virginian Sometimes we can’t immediately see the end results of our hard work. A play practiced in September may turn out to...
Valley Cartage Opens New Headquarters in Lake Elmo

Thursday, July 18, 2013

DEED Media  |  Contact: Madeline Koch, madeline.koch@state.mn.us, 651-398-9459 Facility will bring 96 jobs to the city   LAKE ELMO, Minn. – DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben joined other...
Dakota County Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Article By: Lakeville Patch   |   Scott Carlson   Dakota County posted a 5.8 percent seasonally-unadjusted jobless rate in January, the same rate during the same month a...
Company to add 1,000 tech jobs in SD

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bloomber Businessweek   |   Dirk Lammers   VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota company will bring 1,000 information technology consultant jobs to South Dakota as part of an...
Where You'll Want to Live in 2032

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Using metrics that include economic, workplace, community, and personal choice factors, Gallup found what will be the most livable U.S. region 20 years from now.
NGage Website Goes Live

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

January 01, 2013 5:30 pm  •  By Scott Koperski/Daily Sun staff writer   The NGage economic development group took an important step in increasing its public visibility...
Golden Shovel Agency Updates Brand

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Golden Shovel Agency has over 10 years’ experience using web technology to help communities across the nation thrive economically. They are now using that same...
Cambridge, MN Launches Upgraded Online Web Solution

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Founded in 1866 by immigrants with a strong work ethic and a rich heritage, Cambridge, MN continues its history of steady technological growth by making a major advancement with a new website.

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