Golden Shovel Agency Hosts Business Retention and Expansion Webinar

    LITTLE FALLS, MN, July 18, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Golden Shovel Agency has invited Joe Raso to host a business retention and expansion webinar. Participants of Mr. Raso’s presentation will gain strategies and insights that can be directly applied to any community’s economic development plan.

In a 21-year career serving as the chief executive of a Main Street program, rural county economic development organization, and two metropolitan economic development organizations and chambers of commerce, Joe Raso used his Business Retention & Expansion program as the foundation for all his work. In that time, he discovered the four essential challenges all economic development staff and organizations face in their work:

1.Showing investors you and your organization are doing the work.

2.Using predictive and objective data from your existing companies to determine who to invest time and resources on.

3.Using existing industry data to show industry-attraction focused leaders the importance of investing first in your local companies.

4.Showing how strategic existing industry data can be used to drive your recruitment, workforce development, public policy and other programming areas.

In this presentation, Raso will explain each of these challenges and offer solutions you can implement immediately.

“Joe’s presentation is helpful and easy to follow. He has a great reputation among economic development professionals and I am pleased to have him presenting one of our webinars,” said Golden Shovel Agency CEO Aaron Brossoit. “I have been promoting this session heavily!”

Joe Raso is president of Blane, Canada Ltd., a leading economic development management-advisory firm headquartered in the greater Chicago region. In 2016, Raso led the development of the nation’s first analytical tool aimed at demand-driven workforce development from the perspective of human resource executives – known as Synchronist Talent. Prior to his work with Blane, Canada, he spent more than twenty-years providing executive leadership to four private non-profit economic development and chamber of commerce organizations in Colorado and Iowa. Raso’s organizations have received more than a dozen awards for business retention & expansion, targeted industry recruitment, marketing, workforce development and branding.

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