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Audubon County E-Synchronist 2010 Leading Employer Report “ Business Connections” Initiative November/December 2010 For Au...
What is “Business Connections” <ul><li>A Business Contact Program Described </li></ul><ul><li>Through  Four (E’s) </li></u...
Why Do We Do This? <ul><li>Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) – SAVING jobs helps CREATE jobs </li></ul><ul><li>–  Appr...
Who is Involved? <ul><li>Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Cooley, Midwest Partnership Economic Development Coordinator ...
Timeline <ul><li>November 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters Sent to Employers Explaining Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Makeup of Employers <ul><li>16 Employers, Mostly Primary Sector, Determined to Provide a “Significant” Economic Impact to ...
Makeup of Employers (cont.) <ul><li>Audubon companies = 11  </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Audubon based companies = 5  </li></ul><...
Expansion Plans (next 3 years) <ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><li>52.9% of CEO/Mgrs interviewed indicated expansion plans </li...
Planned Expansions  <ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Est. dollar investment: $31.6 million </li></ul><ul><li>Est. new jobs: ...
Status of Key Product/Service  <ul><li>Where is the company’s primary product/service in  </li></ul><ul><li>its life cycle...
Greatest Achievement (examples) <ul><li>Added new services </li></ul><ul><li>Completed a new addition </li></ul><ul><li>Re...
Workforce Challenges <ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><li>69% of companies reported having recruiting problems </li></ul><ul><li...
Workforce Evaluation (Scale of 7) <ul><li>2010  </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity (5.25) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality (4.69) </l...
Quality of Life/Community Services: <ul><li>Highest Rated </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Ambulance/Pa...
Quality of Life/Community Services: <ul><li>Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Employers report low satisfaction with local te...
Assistance Follow-Ups: <ul><li>Have already identified 47 follow-up issues  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific issues (example...
Future Information (examples) <ul><li>Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Community strengths, weaknesses, and barriers </li></u...
Thank You! 2010 Leading Employer Report “ Business Connections” Initiative November/December 2010 For Audubon County Econo...
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Audubon County Economic Development and Midwest Partnership EDC teamed up on a series of leading employer visits in 2010-2011. The groups utilized a program called &quot;Synchronist&quot;.

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Audubon County &quot;Business Connections&quot; 2011

  1. 1. Audubon County E-Synchronist 2010 Leading Employer Report “ Business Connections” Initiative November/December 2010 For Audubon County Economic Development
  2. 2. What is “Business Connections” <ul><li>A Business Contact Program Described </li></ul><ul><li>Through Four (E’s) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E ngaging – builds relationships face-to-face </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E ducational – informs community leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E ffective – gets beyond “surface” issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E lectronic - analyzes and measures data </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why Do We Do This? <ul><li>Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) – SAVING jobs helps CREATE jobs </li></ul><ul><li>– Approx. 80% of all new jobs come from </li></ul><ul><li>existing employers </li></ul><ul><li>Business Recruitment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify Complementary Industries and Companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testimonials – emphasize our strengths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positioning – overcome our shortcomings </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Who is Involved? <ul><li>Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Cooley, Midwest Partnership Economic Development Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Margee Shaffer and Sarah Gomez – coordinated on arranging schedules and setting meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ACED Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Five individuals attended visits, took notes, asked follow-up questions </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Timeline <ul><li>November 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters Sent to Employers Explaining Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Story of Project Reported by Local Media to Inform Public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>November-December 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employer Visits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Entry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>January 2011 (and beyond) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Present Findings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform Follow-up and Set Action Steps </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Makeup of Employers <ul><li>16 Employers, Mostly Primary Sector, Determined to Provide a “Significant” Economic Impact to Area </li></ul><ul><li>Total employees: Approx. 483 FTE equiv. </li></ul><ul><li>Company with fewest employees: 4 employees </li></ul><ul><li>Company with most employees: 114 employees </li></ul>
  7. 7. Makeup of Employers (cont.) <ul><li>Audubon companies = 11 </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Audubon based companies = 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Business Sector Mix </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Manufacturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture/Forestry/Minerals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building & Construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Durable Goods Producer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retail Related Operation </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Expansion Plans (next 3 years) <ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><li>52.9% of CEO/Mgrs interviewed indicated expansion plans </li></ul>
  9. 9. Planned Expansions <ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Est. dollar investment: $31.6 million </li></ul><ul><li>Est. new jobs: 56 (12% increase) </li></ul><ul><li>Est. new square footage: 83,000 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Status of Key Product/Service <ul><li>Where is the company’s primary product/service in </li></ul><ul><li>its life cycle? </li></ul><ul><li>Declining = 19% </li></ul><ul><li>Maturing = 31% </li></ul><ul><li>Growing = 44% </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging = 6% </li></ul>
  11. 11. Greatest Achievement (examples) <ul><li>Added new services </li></ul><ul><li>Completed a new addition </li></ul><ul><li>Recruited quality staff </li></ul><ul><li>Investment in automation to increase competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Constant increase in sales the past three years </li></ul>
  12. 12. Workforce Challenges <ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><li>69% of companies reported having recruiting problems </li></ul><ul><li>31% say it is a community problem, 69% say industry </li></ul>
  13. 13. Workforce Evaluation (Scale of 7) <ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity (5.25) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality (4.69) </li></ul><ul><li>Stability (4.38) </li></ul><ul><li>Availability (3.56) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Quality of Life/Community Services: <ul><li>Highest Rated </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Ambulance/Paramedic </li></ul><ul><li>Police Protection </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>Lowest Rated </li></ul><ul><li>City/County Streets & Roads </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic Control </li></ul><ul><li>Childcare Services </li></ul><ul><li>Property Tax Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Air Cargo </li></ul>
  15. 15. Quality of Life/Community Services: <ul><li>Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Employers report low satisfaction with local telephone/internet service, as well as city/county streets and roads. </li></ul><ul><li>High number of employers say their primary product/service is in the maturing or declining stage of its life cycle (50%). </li></ul><ul><li>Viable aviation and public transit options are absent in Audubon County. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Assistance Follow-Ups: <ul><li>Have already identified 47 follow-up issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific issues (examples) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need financing for expansion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need faster and more reliable internet service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need help with exporting products </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General issues (examples) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Road Repairs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create more child care options </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Need to categorize, prioritize, and assign </li></ul>
  17. 17. Future Information (examples) <ul><li>Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Community strengths, weaknesses, and barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Exporting </li></ul><ul><li>Research & Development </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul>
  18. 18. Thank You! 2010 Leading Employer Report “ Business Connections” Initiative November/December 2010 For Audubon County Economic Development

Audubon County Economic Development and Midwest Partnership EDC teamed up on a series of leading employer visits in 2010-2011. The groups utilized a program called &quot;Synchronist&quot;.

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