Building Brookings Blog

BUILDING BROOKINGS BLOG: What’s in a number?

By: Jennifer Quail, Director of Entrepreneur Support Numbers can have quite an array of meanings for people, organizations and communities.  For instance, some adults are very willing to share the number of grand kids they have, the times they vacation overseas or their golf score, but not likely to share their age.  Youth look at…

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#BeBrookings Campaign

#BeBrookings Campaign By: Stacy Aesoph, Director of Workforce Development You may have noticed the hashtag #BeBrookings being included on social media posts. It’s a new marketing campaign developed by our office (Brookings Economic Development Corporation) to help attract people to Brookings and retain our current residents. What does #BeBrookings mean? Literally, it means to be…

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Building a vibrant downtown

Building a vibrant downtown by Kristi Larsen, Marketing Director All throughout the nation, empty downtown store fronts are prevalent in rural communities that are seeing steady population declines. The downtown is the heart of a community. A healthy, vibrant downtown portrays a strong local economy. National retailers who are looking at new store locations will…

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Persons with Disabilities: Part of the Workforce Solution

Persons with Disabilities: Part of the Workforce Solution by Stacy Aesoph, Director of Workforce Development If you speak with an employer who has grown their workforce by hiring those with disabilities, they will tell you those employees are some of the most hardworking, dependable workers they have ever hired. Many Brookings area employers have embraced…

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Talent Production – One Key to the Workforce Dilemma

Talent Production – One Key to the Workforce Dilemma by Al Heuton, BEDC Executive Director According to the Area Development magazines 30th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives, the top factor for companies considering a new investment is the availability of skilled labor.  Both corporate CEOs and site selectors agree on this.  Opinions differ after this…

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Pop on in…

Pop on in… By Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support Many of you did just that on Saturday at the first Brookings Pop-up Market.  We are very excited and grateful for the community support (over 200 attendees) of the local entrepreneurs and up-and-coming businesses.  The event was held at the Brookings Recreation Center (aka…

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Happy Entrepreneurship Week!

Happy Entrepreneurship Week! By Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support Sorry I forgot to send a card, so this blog post will have to do.  Just what is Entrepreneurship Week you ask?  Well, it is a week set aside to celebrate entrepreneurs and build awareness of their impact on our economy. As you know…

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Making Connections

Making Connections By Stacy Aesoph, BEDC Director of Workforce Development When it comes to workforce, we not only need to recruit more people to Brookings, but we also need to retain the people who already live in our community. Meet Joe Smith. He moved to Brookings six months ago, for a job at SDSU. Joe’s…

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Making the Grade – 2016 Economic Health Report Card

Making the Grade – 2016 Economic Health Report Card By Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Everything we do at BEDC revolves around one ultimate goal – growing the economy. Essentially, this is the reason for our existence! At the end of each year, we review our community’s economic health to make sure we are headed…

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…an entrepreneur?

…an entrepreneur? By Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support What the heck is an entrepreneur anyway?  Well according to Merriam-Webster it is a noun; “one who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business or enterprise”.  Synonyms for entrepreneur range from administrator, executive, and businessperson to inventor, maker and producer.  The title or…

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