Economic Development

Planning for Success

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development It’s September already!  Where did the year go?  We usually ask ourselves that question around this time of year and look back to see how were we so busy that another year has slipped away from us, where has the time gone and more importantly what have we…

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What Is Economic Development

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development What is Economic Development?  I recently asked that question of high school students and was not at all surprised to get blank stares and crickets.   People have many different ideas of what economic development is and some have no idea at all. Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of…

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Look at the Opportunities

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC I read an article in Bloomberg recently by Claire Ballentine about the “Rust Belt” and ways that the local communities are turning around abandoned manufacturing plants.  An excerpt from her article sounds a lot like what some of our towns in Carbon County have become. Ms. Ballentine…

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What’s Next for Carbon County?

By: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC Looking at our evolution as a society we have gone from hunters and gatherers to an agrarian society to an industrial society and now our latest iteration of technology.  What’s next? Alexander Graham Bell would not recognize the wireless communication technology of today. Nor could Charles Babbage,…

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Support Your Local Farmer

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC When you think of small businesses, you may think of many different types.  The local bakery, a restaurant or that cute shop that sells handmade soaps and lotions or even a nail salon or accountant.   Here in Carbon County, we have lots of those businesses.  Some of…

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Why Brick & Mortar Stores Are Still Important

By: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development (CCEDC) These days all you need sometimes to start a new business is a laptop a smartphone and a space to work such as a kitchen table.  You can create an ecommerce site and your customers can begin purchasing your products or services without you having a huge…

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What’s So Cool About Manufacturing

By: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC Tell me what you think is so cool about manufacturing. There are a number of students in Carbon County’s middle schools that can answer that question and then some! Created by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, PA in 2013, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? contests draw…

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