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Montgomery County Development Corporation Launches Marketing Initiative

Friday, March 23, 2018

By 24-7 Press Release Red Oak, IA - Executive director, Shawnna Silvius is committed to raising the awareness of Montgomery County, IA and to expanding economic development and growth of the region. The communities of Montgomery County have already begun launching downtown development initiatives, working to establish gap funding to spur housing, industrial and business development and pairing with local school districts to expand workforce training and improve workforce and business attraction. To ensure the success of the new economic development programs, the Montgomery County Development Corporation Board of Directors partnered with the national communications firm, Golden Shovel Agency. The Board recognizes the...
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 have recently been hacked (don't believe, us? read here). But that's only one of the reasons why a WordPress site might not be the best fit, especially in Economic Development. Another key concern is it's code quality, an integral issue is the quality of the WordPress code itself, such as old use of versions and contributors who did not follow the strict structural standards. If that still doesn't have you convinced, let's bring up another topic...
Golden Shovel Team Presenting at 2018 CALED Annual Training Conference.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

By 24-7 Press Release Aaron Brossoit, CEO of Golden Shovel Agency will be presenting during the 2018 CALED Annual Training Conference in Monterey, CA March 14th - 16th. LITTLE FALLS, MN (Golden Shovel Agency) –- Monterey, CA will be a Economic Development dream for leadership this March as the 2018 Annual Training Conference kicks off. Aaron Brossoit, CEO of Golden Shovel Agency, looks forward to building relationships at the conference. “Training conferences are always a great place to engage with Economic Development leaders,” said Brossoit. “There are always key connections to be made.” Aaron Borossoit will be presenting at this years Annual Training Conference...
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. But will data-driven innovation ever replace the personal touch? Jacopo Dettoni investigates.  In the world of big data, investment promotion is finally catching up with other sectors. A growing number of economic and property developers are looking at data-driven solutions to showcase their assets or communities, thus increasing their chances of attracting and retaining investment. This in turn is prompting tech companies to develop tailor-made applications for the industry. For instance, solutions based on geographic information system...
Golden Shovel Agency Helps Utility Companies Deploy Successful Economic Development Strategies

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Golden Shovel is leading the economic development industry by deploying innovative communication strategies for communities and bringing regional partnerships together. One key player in any regional economic development effort is the utility companies and cooperatives. Great River Energy, Powder River Energy, Arkansas Electric, Guadalupe Valley and Black Hills Energy are some of the utility clients who have leveraged the communication strategies developed and deployed by Golden Shovel Agency. In 2017, Powder River Energy wanted to leverage their regional presence and centralize key information for all their stakeholders. This objective was part of the Member Community Engagement and Sustainable Growth plan. “PRECorp has put...
Benton Economic Partnership Launches New Website to Highlight Area’s Economic Assets

Monday, January 22, 2018

By 24-7 Press Release Benton County, MN – The new Benton Economic Partnership website highlights its member investors and offers a picture of Benton County’s economic assets for prospective businesses and workers. Visit to access the newly launched site. Benton Economic Partnership is excited to share the area’s mix of urban and rural advantages through the website. The organization believes “Benton County has been a closely held secret for far too long and needs to break out of its shell and tell the world why it’s so great to be here.” “It was important for us to have a web presence that...
Golden Shovel Agency Launches Powerful Economic Development Portal for Powder River Energy Corporation

Thursday, January 18, 2018

By 24-7 Press Release SUNDANCE, WY, January 18, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) is giving a helping hand to the communities it serves with a full-service economic development website and portal. The site will focus on aiding in business attraction, business retention and expansion, and workforce development in northeast Wyoming. Member and Community Engagement and Sustainable Growth are two of three central aspects of PRECorp's Strategic Vision to better serve its membership. To help fulfill that vision PRECorp has launched the economic development website and portal. The new PRECorp website centralizes key information and resources for regional stakeholders, entrepreneurs,...
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. Bethany Quinn, Darren Varley, and Greg Kolbjornsen are bringing their experience and expertise to the team, some of which have been serving in a capacity with Golden Shovel for several years. Bethany Quinn is stepping in as Director of Content overseeing the content process for all Golden Shovel clients through her team of copywriters. New services, including Gatekeeper 2.0, will be project cornerstone’s for Quinn. Quinn has served in a role with Golden Shovel Agency for...
Six Reasons Utilities Energize Economic Development and Make Great Partners

Monday, January 08, 2018

By Golden Shovel Agency We live in a connected world where everything is related. This connectivity is especially true in the economic development industry where relationships are critical to the success of community growth and economic development projects. Assembling a robust group of economic partners and advisors to help secure an economic development project is one of the first steps towards success. And, one important partner must be the local utility company. Utility companies are dependent on community success and their growth and survival are directly tied to increasing electric power consumption levels making them a motivated and natural best-fit partner for...
Five Strategies to Make Your Economic Development Content Marketing Stand Out in 2018

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The 2017 calendar is running out of days and there is a steady supply of cookies and eggnog in offices all over the country. This time of the year brings people together for conversations and optimism for the coming year. It is a special time of the year. It is also the right time to review successful content marketing strategies to be utilized in 2018. Before going to the big whiteboard and mapping out the 2018 strategy, consider what has worked in 2017 and what may change in the next year. I recommend starting with an in depth review of the...
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 team to assist with any data issues. The GIS Planning team has designed a variety of possible solutions for economic development organizations left in the lurch by this news and seeking to offer sites and buildings listings. While we were as surprised by this development as anyone else, we have identified some alternative strategies and sources of real estate data for different regions. Here are some possibilities we can discuss with you: Possible alternate listing services in different...

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