November 22, 2017 by Sarah Gomez
November was a very busy month for the Midwest Partnership staff, with several conferences, workshops, and a business visit blitz! One thing is very clear - we sure have a lot to be thankful for in our region!
At the National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX, creative placemaking and community visioning were discussed in depth. I’m proud to say that a number of our communities are ahead of the game, working hard to create a place people want to live, work, and play… and succeeding at it!
That all wouldn’t be possible without the many passionate community members we have here in our region. During the Economic Development 101 Sessions that we hosted, the great turnouts demonstrated the diversity and depth of the key players involved with economic development, all working together to move our communities and our region as a whole forward.
During our Business Visit Blitz in southern Adair County, we met with so many businesses that are providing unique products and services, quality jobs, economic stability and vitality. For instance, from those surveyed, small businesses in Greenfield, Orient, Bridgewater, and Fontanelle collectively provide more than 270 full time and 120 part time jobs, and have been serving the community for a combined 1600+ years! Our communities would not be the same without each and every one of those businesses, and the many others like them throughout our region! If you’re looking for more business statistics from the three blitzes we conducted this year, we’ll have detailed reports and community business profiles next month and at our Annual Dinner in January.
Iowa has many many business resources – far more than many other states – and for that we can be very thankful! Attendees at The Journey to Your Vision Seminar took time during the business development program to reflect on and plan for growth in their business. They were also able to connect with a number of area resources, ready to assist with various business needs. No matter what the issue, help is out there! If you are looking for assistance, but don’t know where to start, make us your first call and we’ll help get you on the right track.
All in all, we have a lot to be thankful for in the Midwest Partnership region of Adair, Audubon, Greene, and Guthrie Counties, not to mention the many marketable assets that puts our region on the map for business attraction!
I'm thankful for our thriving communities, and I hope you are, too! Be sure to continue to support our region's fantastic small businesses for your holiday shopping needs, and all year around!