John Karras

Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission – Northeast Indiana Five-Year Plan 2023¬2028

Challenge Despite its long history of collaboration, the 11-county Northeast Indiana region faces significant challenges. These include limited population growth outside of Allen County (Fort Wayne), postsecondary education and credential attainment that lags state and national benchmarks, and per capita personal income levels that have fallen substantially below the US …

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Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority – Regional Development Plan

Challenge During the preparation of the Vision 2020 plan in 2010, leaders in the 11-county Northeast Indiana region highlighted a critical drop in per capita personal income over a 15-year period as several major employers downsized or ceased operations. Concerns about the region’s economic decline were amplified by stagnating population …

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City of San Antonio, TX – Economic Development Strategic Framework

Challenge One of a handful of US cities recognized around the world for its vivid history and cultural richness, San Antonio combines relatively affordable housing with a variety of amenities and entertainment options, an array of postsecondary institutions, and diverse career opportunities. Yet despite its many advantages, San Antonio’s track …

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Jackson County Economic Development Foundation (MS) – Strategic Innovation Plan

Challenge Jackson County, Mississippi—one of the leading industrial centers along the Gulf Coast—has shown remarkable resiliency in the face of numerous challenges to its economic stability, including major storm events and economic upheavals associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The leadership’s commitment to economic growth has paid dividends, as evidenced by …

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Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (LA) – Jefferson EDGE 2025: Strategic Economic Development Plan

Challenge Originally adopted in 2000, the Jefferson EDGE strategy has served as a roadmap for economic development in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Throughout its various iterations, the EDGE planning efforts have set the course for many of the Parish’s most successful initiatives, including the development of the 480-acre Churchill Technology & …

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Irving Economic Development Partnership (TX) – BRE/COVID Response and Strategic Plan Progress Report

Challenge In 2017, the Irving City Council adopted a five-year economic development strategic plan (EDSP) prepared by TIP Strategies. The plan’s vision centered on solidifying Irving’s status as a premier location for business relocation and expansion. While Irving boasted many accolades in subsequent years, including landing several corporate recruitment projects, …

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Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and Fort-Wayne Allen County (IN) – ACT—Allen County Together Plan

Challenge With its wealth of economic assets and increasingly positive economic trends, Fort Wayne-Allen County is poised to solidify its position as one of the Midwest’s premier growth centers. However, certain obstacles stand in the way of achieving this goal including a shortage of developable and re-developable sites, talent shortages, …

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