Caroline Alexander

City of San Marcos, TX – Downtown Master Plan

Challenge Downtown San Marcos has historically served many roles. As the county seat, people are drawn into downtown to conduct official business. It acts as a gateway to the hill country, routing travelers through downtown on Ranch Road 12. And it functions as an entertainment district for the city and […]

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas – Assessment of Rural Entrepreneurship

Challenge In the mid-2000s, the Northeast Texas region and neighboring counties in Southwest Arkansas faced significant job losses associated with the realignment of the Red River Army Depot and Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant. In addition, the region experienced layoffs in the manufacturing and retail sectors. Key studies completed during

Austin Technology Incubator (TX) – Feasibility Study for Wet Lab Incubator

Challenge In mid-2010 the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) received a grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to determine the feasibility of developing wet-lab space for life-sciences companies in Austin. The ATI study was intended to estimate the demand for wet-lab space in Austin, determine best

Bexar County, TX – Vehicle Manufacturing Industry Research

Challenge As part of its efforts to organize a regional cluster initiative, Bexar County contracted TIP Strategies to develop a report on the Texas—Northeastern Mexico vehicle manufacturing industry. The purpose of the report was to define the region, highlight industry trends, and profile the regional assets that support vehicle manufacturing.

Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (ND) – Target Industry Analysis

Challenge Due to the oil boom in the Bakken region of North Dakota, the Bismarck-Mandan region was the location of choice for engineering companies, oil field support services, and other business services related to oil and gas exploration. However, in the face of low oil prices and a slowing of

Christian County, MO/Cities of Nixa & Ozark – Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge Led by the Cities of Nixa and Ozark, Christian County grew almost 43 percent between 2000 and 2010, outpacing the rest of the region. Excellent education opportunities, good value housing, and high quality of life made North Christian County a destination for young families in the Springfield metropolitan area.

Lewis County Economic Development Council (WA) – Workforce Development Training Needs Gaps Analysis

Challenge Lewis County, Washington, sought to mitigate job losses and community divestment resulting from the closure of the state’s only remaining coal-fired power plant, Trans­Alta. Under a grant from the US Economic Development Administration’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative, the community engaged TIP Strategies to

Lewis County Economic Development Council (WA) – Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge In early 2016, the Lewis Economic Development Council (Lewis EDC) began the process of developing a strategic plan to guide the organization’s short, medium, and long-range economic development activities. Funded under the US Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, the plan

New Orleans Business Alliance (LA) – Re-Imagining Jazzland

Challenge Jazzland, a 162-acre amusement park, opened in 2000 in an effort to create jobs and bring a major tourism attraction to New Orleans East. The park was purchased by Six Flags in 2002. Hurricane Katrina devastated the amusement park in 2005 and Six Flag’s own bankruptcy complicated the park’s

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