Chariton County, Missouri
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Chariton Valley Begins Fiber Network Expansion Outside of Hale
HALE, MO – Chariton Valley (CV) continues to fulfill its commitment of expanding its state-of-the-art fiber network to rural communities. Yesterday, the company began construction in the rural areas outside of Hale to replace the current copper telephone facilities with fiber optics.
“Our fiber service is already available in Hale, and now we’ve started the construction process in the rural areas surrounding the town. Soon, these areas will also have access to the fastest most reliable internet available,” said Kirby J. Underberg, Chariton Valley’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
The rural Hale expansion is part of Chariton Valley’s fiber expansion plan, in which the company made a substantial financial investment to deploy fiber optics to more unserved and underserved areas in northeast Missouri. The project’s construction is expected to be completed this summer, and installations will begin soon after.
“The Carroll County Chamber is excited Chariton Valley will be expanding fiber to Hale in April and eventually Bosworth and DeWitt. Providing services to our rural areas is vital for the growth of our county and we are thankful Chariton Valley is making this investment,” said Anna Barlow, Director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.
"We are pleased that Chariton Valley continues to work to upgrade their systems throughout their service territory. The investment in fiber optic communications in Carroll County is significant and allows for our rural communities to be connected globally," added David Gaines, Managing Director of Goldstone Consulting Group.
Chariton Valley’s Gigabit capable speed is delivered over an advanced network that extends directly into homes and businesses through a dedicated connection. With fiber access, connected communities have many opportunities, such as educational, medical and economic benefits, including increased property values.
“We are proud to be the area’s premier communications provider and to expand this valuable and essential service to rural areas,” said Underberg.
Carrollton, MO – The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has completed another in-depth look at the business environment in Carroll County. An Employer Demand Analysis was conducted to understand the needs of employers in the community.
The study was conducted in the fall of 2020 where over 45 employers in Carroll County participated. "We surveyed both large and small employers to understand the needs of all businesses in the county," said Anna Barlow, Executive Director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. "The information allows us to better understand what they need to be successful in our community."
Employers asked what were the most important skills they need in perspective employees. Dependability, self-motivation, adaptability, and verbal communications were deemed the most important skills for applicants to display. “These are the skills that were deemed most important by the employers in our community, said Barlow.”
Goldstone Consulting Group, the economic development contractor to the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce conducted the analysis. “It’s important to know what types of skills employers in a community consider important to the work they do,” said David Gaines, Managing Director. “The data is valuable in the conversation surrounding workforce development in the community.”
Any employer in the community may obtain of a copy of the study by contacting the Chamber of Commerce. The data contained in the Employer Demand Analysis will also be shared with the education partners in Carroll County and the surrounding area.
“Partnerships with those in education is key in improving the workforce in a community,” said Gaines. “The data provides some insight for educators as to what the employers in the community require.”
The completion of the Carroll County Community Employer Demand Analysis comes in advance to a study of employee skills. "We will be asking the members of the community to participate in an upcoming study regarding their skills," said Barlow. "We want to know what skills are in the community are not being fully utilized. That study will tell us where our strengths are in terms of our workforce in Carroll County."
Knob Noster, MO – The City of Knob Noster moved at a recent meeting of the Board of Aldermen to conduct a housing study. The study is to take an in-depth look at the current and future needs of housing in the community.
"This is another step in the ongoing work the Board of Alderman and city administration is doing to move the city forward," said Adam Morton, Mayor of the City of Knob Noster. "We are constantly looking at ways to improve our community.”
The City moved in its November 17th meeting to retain the services of Goldstone Consulting Group to complete the work. The study will look at a variety of issues relating to housing in the City of Knob Noster.
“The plan is to look at our current situation when it comes to housing in the community,” said Mayor Morton. “We also will gain some insight as to what our future needs may be.”
The project is designed to understand what the challenges may be in developing new housing in the community. It will also look at the different types of housing that may be needed in the future.
“We want to retain and attract talent in our community’,” said Mayor Morton. “The best way to do this is to have available, quality housing. This will also benefit our area employers as they plan for new jobs in the future.”
The housing study is a portion of the overall economic development effort in Knob Noster. The City recently reaffirmed its financial support of the Johnson County Economic Development Corporation to sustain the effort in developing new business in Knob Noster and the surrounding area.
The work by Goldstone Consulting Group is expected to take several months to complete.
Keytesville, MO – The Chariton County Economic Development Corporation has completed an in-depth look into the retail needs in the county. That deep dive into the data shows potential for the community.
“We want to better understand our community’s needs from a retail service point of view,” said Stephany Clark, President of the Chariton County EDC Board of Directors. “This analysis helps us see how we can work to improve options for the residents of Chariton County.”
The study conducted by Goldstone Consulting Group, the contract provider of economic development services to Chariton County EDC looked at the capacity for additional retail business in the county. The study includes information gathered from a survey of residents in Chariton County.
“The report provides us with good background information about the potential of expanding our existing retail businesses in the community,” said Clark.
The retail analysis comes on the heels of the construction of a new Orscheln Farm & Home store in Salisbury. “We are fortunate the Orscheln team sees the opportunity in Chariton County and made a new investment,” said Clark.
“We have seen the potential in Chariton County for some time and so do others,” said David Gaines, Managing Director at Goldstone Consulting Group. “This study will help both those currently in business in Chariton County and those that are considering new investment in the community.”
According to the analysis, Chariton County has a positive retail gap of $35 million. This is an indicator that residents of Chariton County are traveling outside of the community to make purchases. This is an opportunity for businesses in the community to capture additional spending.
Those interested in viewing the completed study can contact Goldstone Consulting Group at 1-636-290-6393 to obtain a digital copy.
Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Completed Retail Study
Carrollton, MO – Carroll County Economic Development, an arm of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has taken another step forward in effort to improve economic opportunity in the community. The group led by local civic and business leaders has completed a Community Retail Needs Analysis.
The study conducted by Goldstone Consulting Group, the contract provider of economic development services to the Chamber of Commerce takes an in-depth look at the capacity for additional retail business in the County. The study included information gathered from a survey of residents in Carroll County conducted by the Chamber of Commerce.
“The report provides us with good background information about the potential for expanded retail business in Carroll County,” said Jeff Adams, Chairman of Carroll County Economic Development. “It shows us where the potential for new business is in the community.”
The retail analysis comes on the heels of the announcement that Orscheln Farm & Home is expanding into the former ShopKo building. The relocation and expansion of the Carrollton store is scheduled be completed in the first half of 2021.
“We have been working on projects like these for some time,” said Anna Barlow, Executive Director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. “The recent announcement of other companies expanding in the County and creating new jobs will only add to our ability as a community to offer more shopping and dining options.”
According to the analysis; Carroll County has a positive retail gap of just under $69 million. This is an indicator that residents of Carroll County are traveling outside of the county to make purchases, providing an opportunity for businesses within the local community to recapture spending.
The Chamber of Commerce is also conducting a study relating to the workforce and labor in the County that will be of value to employers. That report is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
Those interested in viewing the completed study can contact the Chamber of Commerce at 1-660-542-0922 to obtain a digital copy. The report will also be available on the Chamber of Commerce’s new website that will be released soon.
EAST CLEVELAND, OH, May 06, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The East Cleveland Growth Association has come to an arrangement with an economic development consulting firm to perform a retail needs study. Goldstone Consulting Group, LLC. has been retained to conduct the research study on behalf of the community.
The East Cleveland Growth Association is a not-for-profit entity that was created to work on developing economic revitalization in East Cleveland. "Our mission is to improve the economic condition in the City," said Sean Ward, CEO. "Like other small communities, East Cleveland has experienced a decades-long shift in the local economy that has not benefited the residents."
Goldstone Consulting Group is a Missouri based site selection and economic development consulting firm. The firm supports the economic development efforts of communities in addition to assisting industry with the selecting of locations for new or expanded business operations.
The retail needs study will be used to aid in the work of attracting new retail development to the community.
"East Cleveland has a rich history," said David Gaines, Managing Director of Goldstone Consulting Group. "The data is an important step in an effort to revitalize the community's economic base."
The work on the retail needs study project will begin in the coming weeks. A survey of the community will be conducted as a portion of the study.
"We want the residents of East Cleveland to provide us with their input," said Ward. "It is important to have the participation of those that live, work and own businesses in East Cleveland."
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DALLAS -- Two highly experienced consultants have joined Barber Business Advisors, a consulting firm that advises economic development organizations and companies nationwide.
David Gaines and Susan Munroe bring different areas of expertise to BBA, said Dean Barber, principal of the Dallas-based firm.
“I believe in people who have specialized knowledge. The fact that these two highly capable individuals are joining our family of consultants speaks to how we can better serve our customers,” said Barber.
Mr. Gaines has considerable experience in rural economic development, having served in leadership roles in multiple economic development organizations in rural communities. He has worked on feasibility projects involving housing and hotel development in smaller markets in addition to manufacturing and the transportation industries.
During his 30-year business career, Mr. Gaines has founded several small businesses and has held positions in ownership, management, sales and marketing in the financial services, broadcast media, food and
In addition to becoming a member of the BBA team, Mr. Gaines is the managing director of Goldstone Consulting Group, LLC, a Missouri-based consulting firm.
"I am so pleased to become associated with BBA as each member of the team brings a depth of knowledge and makes the partnership that Dean has created all the stronger,” Mr. Gaines said. “This is a team with a deep bench.”
Susan Munroe advises communities on how to best navigate the opportunities for clean energy development to help them prosper.
As a past chamber of commerce president in the heart of Midwest wind-farm country, Ms. Munroe brings leadership and experience to guide communities to clean energy development resulting in economic growth.
“Clean energy development is sometimes not the clearest, go-to strategy to consider for a community, requiring some fortitude and a solid understanding of the economic benefits,” said Ms. Munroe. “This is where my expertise and experience will play a role in guiding economic development and community leaders to understand exactly what’s at stake, which is often a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
Ms. Munroe lives in Raleigh, NC., and also serves as the Director of Economic Development for Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. A graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she also earned a Master of Arts in Corporate Communications at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
MISSOURI – GESS International, a highly experienced and globally established renewable energy company, previously announced plans to construct four Green Energy Biogas Plants across Missouri in March 2019. Among the Missouri developments there will now be an additional facility built in Chariton County, Missouri.
The new $40 million investment will create 21 new jobs for the surrounding community. On an annual basis, this Biogas facility will convert 140,000 tons of cattle and swine manure and 70,000 tons of agricultural residues into 550,000 MMbtu worth of Renewable Natural Gas. This output is enough to power 6,800 homes for one year, while reducing methane emissions and any potential environmental impacts from local farm operations.
“The benefits of these projects will make a positive impact into the local economy and agricultural industry by adding a major investment into the local tax base, creating and training new employees for the operations of these plants, creating a new revenue stream for area farmers, all while creating a renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Seth Daughety, GESS International’s Grant Coordinator, said.
In addition to creating renewable energy, the project will positively impact existing agricultural production facilities. It is GESS International’s goal to help existing agricultural industries in the area become more sustainable.
“Agtech is a leading industry for Missouri,” Rob Dixon, Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, said. “GESS is an important addition to our state as we continue to be the global agtech leader. We are excited that GESS has not only invested in our state, but has also now grown that initial investment and created more opportunity and jobs for Missouri residents.”
The Chariton County plant has an anticipated construction start date in Q3 of 2019 and projected to be operational by Q4 of 2020.
“Chariton County is very pleased that GESS International is making this important investment for the future of renewable energy in our community,” Tom Burkhart, Chairman of the Chariton County Community Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, said. “This new facility adds to the abundance of natural resources in Chariton County.”
“GESS International’s continuing investment into Missouri is a testament to our agtech leadership and our business-friendly environment,” Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership, said. “We are committed to GESS International’s success in the state and are excited to support them with training programs and other assistance. We look forward to their success and the positive impact these jobs will have in the local community.”
GESS International’s total investment in Missouri is now expected to reach $185 million and create more than 100 new jobs in rural Missouri.