June 26, 2020

Our Nation is in the midst of two major events that will forever change the way we live and work.  And both provide an opportunity for rural resurgence that hasn’t existed for decades.

Covid-19 has touched every person in the US.  But, as the map below shows, it has tou...

April 14, 2020

Labor Data is in Flux Due to COVID-19

As I continue to work from my home office, I am reminded of how my life, and frankly the world, has changed over the past few weeks. My calendar as gone from face-to-face business meetings, family events and group cycling rides to a...

December 26, 2018

The City of Moberly recently retained Growth Services Group (GSG), a national retail analysis and consulting firm, to conduct a Retail Market Study for the City. This retail study will provide a demographic and economic overview of Moberly to determine the potential fo...

February 5, 2018

PROVIDE TANGIBLE BENEFITS FOR YOUR EXISTING EMPLOYERS

How many times have you heard an existing business owner say, “The city and economic development office will do anything for new businesses coming to the area but my business has employed people in this town for 20 y...

April 6, 2017

Clint O'Neal is a professional economic developer for the state of Missouri. He gives us key steps you need to take to be prepared to win the next project for your community's economic development.


What are site selectors looking for? What data and reports should you h...

November 14, 2016

I recently attended an annual conference held by a hotel brand that specializes in, and is committed to rural communities. During the conference I attended a panel discussion with a group of investors who own a number of hotel facilities operating under this flag. Whil...

September 6, 2016

In a recent Blog entitled “Labor Supply and Record Job Openings” GSG Labor Market Researcher and Analyst Ed Martin wrote, “Recently, the Labor Department reported record job openings for the U.S. to be 5.75 million in July 2015. In a separate news release the Labor Dep...

January 25, 2016

“WITHOUT DATA YOU’RE JUST ANOTHER PERSON WITH AN OPINION.”
W. EDWARDS DEMING

Imagine the ability to discuss the relevant information below with an existing employer during your next BR&E visit. How much more productive would your visit be? Or, imagine sharing detailed i...

December 14, 2015

“WITHOUT DATA YOU’RE JUST ANOTHER PERSON WITH AN OPINION.”
W. EDWARDS DEMING

Recently I attended a Sector Strategies and Workforce Planning Statewide Meeting with the Workforce Development Boards from the State of Missouri. The meeting objectives included an opportunity...

October 1, 2015

Have you checked your local and regional “labor supply” to fill those job openings? Edmund “Ed” A. Martin, Labor Market Researcher and Analyst

Recently, the Labor Department reported record job openings for the U.S. to be 5.75 million in July 2015. In a separate news re...

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