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Description: The Mahaska Community development team comprised of the Mahaska Community Development Group, Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group, Mahaska Ag & Rural Development, and Main Street Oskaloosa are seeking an Executive Director of Community Development. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the team in defining a data-driven strategic plan, and ensuring that…

SSG is honored to once again conduct a search for the successful economic development organization, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber.  If you are looking for an exciting position that will provide meaningful opportunity to help a region grow, this is your job!  For more information check out the job on our jobs page.  Please…

Day 142: Skills vs. Wages.  It has always been assumed that the higher the skills the higher the wages.  We did a little research and decided that common sense does prevail.  Indeed the higher the skills, the higher the wages.  Read here to find out more.Relationship Between Skills and Wages

“Gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters  Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you Is worth savin’  Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’”  Funny how songwriters write…

Day 142: My Brackets Are Shot. There’s an Economic Development Lesson Here: I am a graduate of Iowa State University. Yesterday their loss killed my brackets as I am a homer and had them playing Kentucky in the Championship game. My Iowa State Cyclones lost because they went into their game as a 3 seed…

NWID has been a SSG client for over 10 years. SSG provides an ongoing array of organizational, branding, marketing and research services to serve the 6 county regional marketing partnership. An aspect of the branding and marketing services is continued development of the Northwest Iowa: Beyond Expectation brand identity through the development of a multi-faceted…

Black Hills Energy in Iowa and Nebraska wanted to be able to offer research to their communities.  They were looking for economic impact analysis, demographic and workforce data.  SSG provided them with a yearly contract that allows them to get information to their communities in a timely manner.  But, it is not always just a…

Smart Solutions Group was pleased to assist Decatur in their search for a new President. Congratulations to Ryan! Click here to learn more.  Smart Solutions Group enjoys helping organizations with their staff searches.  Here’s how we conduct economic development job searches.

The Night Before a Prospect Visit ‘Twas the night before a Prospect Visit, when all through the town Not a person was stirring, not even a city councilperson’s gown. The incentives were all written with care, In hopes that a business soon would be there. The city leaders were nestled all snug in their beds,…

SSG will present their services to the KCP&L Local Partners.  KCP&L, serves the Kansas City Metro and areas in Missouri in and Kansas.  SSG has developed several useful services that KCP&L felt should be presented to their local community economic development organization.  SSG will present information about our Skills Ready Suite, EDashboard, Strategic Planning, and…

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