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Who should be on my board?  Some of you have by-laws that will dictate who can be on your board.  But remember by-laws can always be changed.  The usual suspects should be on the board.  Utilities and banks are the first to turn to.  These two businesses have the strongest attachment to the community.  If…

Who should I talk to?  When I started in this business in 1985 the second day on my job as a Chamber and ED exec in a town of 5000 a realtor came in to visit with me.  Let’s just say he was past retirement age.  He was kind and very smart.  He said when…

What software should I have in my office?  Since you should be focusing on creating wealth for the citizens in your community or region, I need to reiterate that you need to be focused on taking care of your existing businesses, promoting your community and making your community a better place.  So with that in…

What’s in the office?  Do you have the equipment you need?  Do you have the resources you need?   When I started in 1985 the office equipment I use now didn’t even exist!  Such as cell phones and PC’s.  Every month we mailed a newsletter.  I had taken the job from an older gentleman and his…

My name is Clark Smith and I have been practicing economic development my entire career, since 1985.  I would say, for the most part, that I have truly enjoyed my time.  I started as the exec for the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development in 1985.  In 1986 I moved to the Iowa…

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