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With Oculus Go, VR for Economic Development is Ready for Business

Thursday, July 19, 2018

By Aaron Brossoit Golden Shovel Agency unveiled PlaceVR in Toronto at the 2017 International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference. Our team showcased the first 360 videos of familiarization tours and site tours to the industry. For economic development professionals promoting their regions, these spherical videos are the best way to virtually bring people into a region or community.   In September of 2017, however, the VR viewer options that were available for showcasing the videos were still limited. There were the top quality systems like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the Playstation VR which presented a great VR experience, but was burdensome...
Now What? Why Site Selectors are Looking Past Your Community.

Monday, June 18, 2018

So your community didn’t get on the finalist list for Amazon HQ2, now what? The site selection process is changing and adapting with the trends in business. While it may still be important to look for potentially large company relocations, many good business expansions can occur with small to mid-sized companies. But gaining the attention of these businesses requires some creative approaches. Incentives don’t matter as much as talent Workforce, workforce, workforce. The ability for a community to attract and retain a workforce is ranking at the top of the incentive list. Business owners may still be interested in traditional incentives, but...
Golden Shovel Agency Partners with Barber Business Advisors for Economic Growth

Thursday, May 17, 2018

By 24-7 Press Release Barber Business Advisors and the Golden Shovel Agency have agreed to a strategic partnership in which the two firms will jointly offer consulting services to economic development organizations nationwide. The announcement was made while representatives of the two firms were attending the Consultant Connect ECONOMIX conference in Frisco, a Dallas suburb. BBA is based in Dallas and Golden Shovel is based in Little Falls, Minnesota. Representatives of the two firms attending the conference said the partnership is designed to bring additional services to communities that seek to market their locations for business attraction. “Promoting the economic development narrative of communities...
National Economic Development Week 2018

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The Golden Shovel Agency Team is excited to celebrate National Economic Development Week, May 7th through May 11, 2018. This is a fantastic way to increase awareness to the hard-working economic developers across the United States and especially to our clients who are committed to increasing awareness to their communities. Thank you for building our communities and helping the next generation succeed. Economic development, by definition, has the goal of improving the well-being and quality of life for any state, region or community by expanding the businesses, expanding the workforce and growing incomes so the tax base can be expanded. In...
Addressing The Child Care Shortage: Lee Container offers unique employee benefit

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Centerville company is gaining statewide attention for a proactive new benefit it’s offering to employees. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was on hand for an October 31 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new daycare facility in Centerville that will largely serve children of Lee Container employees. While chatting with Lee Container President Robert Varnedoe at a governor’s deer hunt a few years ago, Gov. Reynolds gave early encouragement for his idea to open a day care in Centerville. At the ribbon cutting, she praised Lee Container’s efforts and the impact such actions can have on overall economic growth. “We want to acknowledge how...
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...

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