Business Development Strategy

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The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, and Convention and Visitors Bureau have partnered together to hire an economic development firm to create a proactive, five-year, holistic business development growth strategic plan. The plan will analyze Grand Island's talent pipeline, inter-industry purchases, economic impact analysis, and exports; create a community marketing brand; and guide strategic investment in business and economic development through 2019.

Market Street, the chosen strategic planning contractor, has established its reputation of success throughout the nation. Both the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Greater Des Moines Partnership have utilized Market Street in their recent economic development plans, Prosper Omaha and Capital Crossroads, respectively.

"Market Street's credibility with our key constituents enhanced the development of the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership's five-year strategic plan, Prosper Omaha 2014-2018. Recently, Mac Holladay provided subject matter expertise for a presentation with key economic development investors and leaders from the Nebraska-Iowa metro area as we prepared to launch our new six-county Greater Omaha Regional Economic Development Organization," said David G. Brown, Omaha's Chamber's president and CEO.

Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership stated, "Market Street did an excellent job helping us bring together our regional public and private partners at both the grasstops and grassroots level to develop and launch 'Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa.

The business development growth strategy will dovetail with and into the Mayor's visioning process. The data and suggestions resulting from the business development growth strategic plan will be available to the City for incorporation into their Comprehensive Visioning Plan.

To view the proposed plan, click HERE!