Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI) provides wholesale power to its 51 distribution cooperatives, serving 875,000 customers. Its service territory crosses three states: Iowa, Missouri, and Oklahoma. AECI recognized the need to focus and tailor a strategy that will enable load growth driven by its local distribution cooperatives and led through its G&T co-ops. Ady Advantage developed targeted load growth strategic plans at the G&T level, but in partnership and championed locally by the distribution cooperatives. Ady Advantage developed a methodology that could that was flexible enough to be replicated across the different G&T systems, but adaptable enough to meet the specific circumstances and unique needs of each G&T. it has provide direction and clarity on what industries and opportunities to pursue to drive economic development and load growth throughout the AECI service territory.
Greater Fargo Moorhead
The Greater Fargo Moorhead region had numerous ongoing initiatives to address the talent and workforce needs of the region. Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) sought to take stock of key initiatives impacting the future of the Greater Fargo Moorhead region’s economy so that it could focus its staffing and programmatic resources accordingly. Ady Advantage provided GFMEDC an assessment that identified programming underway, articulated and/or confirmed the goals for each initiative, and helped to identify gaps in existing programming and prioritize these initiatives based on the most critical needs of employers and the core competencies of partners in the region.
Greater Richmond Partnership
The Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP) is the lead economic development organization for the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. Ady Advantage worked with GRP to provide them with qualitative site selector research. Ady Advantage conducted qualitative interviews with 25 leading site selectors specializing in GRP’s identified target industries. The interview topics focused on experience and perceptions of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Greater Richmond are as places to do business, as well as confirmed key trends and disruptors impacted the target industries. The report has provided GRP with guidance on how to develop a vision and overall image for the region.
Miami County, Kansas
Miami County, Kansas, is located just south of Johnson County, Kansas, about 45 minutes southwest of Kansas City. Its cities include Louisburg, Osawatomie, Spring Hill, and the County Seat, Paola. Ady Advantage first worked with Miami County on a community competiveness assessment, opportunities and challenges in the County as they relate to economic development. Ady Advantage continued to work with Miami County next to develop an economic development strategic plan. Ady Advantage led an input-gathering process that recognized and celebrated the unique but united nature of the communities within Miami County. Our process facilitated and drove greater alignment throughout the entirety of the process to ensure each community felt engaged and invested in the process, developing a shared vision of equal economic opportunity for all the communities and residents as the foundational vision for the County.
Greater Wichita Partnership
The Greater Wichita Partnership is the economic development agency for Wichita, Kansas. The City of Wichita is responsible for administering tax abatement incentives for economic development within the city. In 2019, the city was in the process of revising its policy for tax abatement incentives. The Greater Wichita Partnership, in its role as a lead economic development agency asked Ady Advantage to review the proposed policy and conduct a competitive assessment before the City Council moved forward with implementing the policy. Ady Advantage created a report that included recommendations around how to make the local incentives policy most competitive, while aligning with the goals and needs of the community.
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