Are We Ready?

Jeremy DavidsonEconomic Development, Monday Memo

Our little center of quite a lot is getting ready to really, REALLY grow a lot…   And how do we know that?  It’s not from reading tea leaves, or a crystal ball. We didn’t discover that information in a fortune cookie, overhear it at the coffee shop or see it in a horoscope…   We figured this BIG secret …

A Practitioner’s Perspective

Jeremy DavidsonEconomic Development, Monday Memo

For some the idea of economic development is only about growing the economy, and little more.  While that thought is at the core of what an economic developer does, there is much more to what economic development affects in a community.  To those who are struggling to make ends meet, economic development can mean a better paying job and more …

Good News and Bad News

Jeremy DavidsonEconomic Development, Monday Memo

Over the past 60 to 90 days we have had a lot of requests from individuals or businesses that are looking for a building to place their business in.  Those who are seeking a location have businesses ventures that range from a saddle and leather shop, an auction house, a resale location for a variety of items, a clothing re-seller, …

Tribal Forum at Gordon Cooper Technology Center

Jeremy DavidsonEvents, Tribal Forum

Our “State of Series” continues in 2020 with our first Tribal Forum on Friday, March 6th at 11:30am at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. This will be a presentation luncheon and tickets can be purchased for $12.50 at Join us to learn more about economic and community developments undertaken by local tribal governments. Register for this event at

Mental Wounds

Jeremy DavidsonEconomic Development, Economic News, Monday Memo

These past 90 days have been a whirlwind of activity.  At the same time a bunch of projects have been reviewed and worked on, throw in a series of Holidays, some that created a lot of second Mondays, and you can understand why we might have felt we were going off the rails on the crazy train. Economic development is …

But Wait, There’s More

Jeremy DavidsonEconomic Development, Economic News, Monday Memo

Over the past few months, quietly there have been a lot of individuals working together with investors and leadership from out of state, who wanted to acquire the STI manufacturing facility north of town on Wolverine Road.   You have heard us state before that economic development is a team effort and building a team that wanted to see this …

Shawnee Forward is Creating an Economic Development Strategy for the Shawnee Region

Jeremy DavidsonKey Goals, Shawnee Forward

Since our inception Shawnee Forward, Inc. Members, the Board of Directors, and our Staff have been working together hand in hand to fuel Shawnee as the regional center of economic development. Creating a comprehensive economic development strategy for the Shawnee region drives our work. We are actively recruiting large businesses to the Shawnee region, engaging in retention and expansion opportunities, cultivating the …