Keeping the Plan Alive

As planning experts, we at IDM consider the shelving of strategic plans as the greatest threat to the work of the many planning team members, community leaders and others who give time, talents and treasure to the development of the strategic plan.  The plan is developed, but then the […]

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Tackling Workforce Development

Counties and communities across the Midwest face a common challenge, a shrinking workforce and in many cases, overall population loss. Economic vitality depends on growing, or at least sustaining the population necessary to create and fill jobs, support schools, and maintain decent housing and infrastructure. Success relies on an […]

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Housing Revisited

It was nearly two years ago that we addressed housing as an economic development issue in the IDM newsletter. Housing remains a major issue today for many Iowa communities and has become a barrier to economic development. In that article we talked about four steps economic developers should consider […]

By |March 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Housing Revisited|