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Kansas City Area Development Council’s (KCADC) July Economic Development Alliance Meeting

Mark Beattie, Principal at Hickey & Associates, LLC, was invited to speak at the July 2011 Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) meeting in Kansas City, MO. Mark was invited on behalf of Hickey & Associates as part of an effort to bring together leading location consultants and their firms to better familiarize them with the area and Kansas City’s team of community partners. Mark shared his insights on the current corporate mindset for relocations and expansions, as well as his take on the competitiveness of the Kansas City region and the importance for transparency and accountability between public/private partnership...
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Nicaragua: Let’s Grow Together

Ann Harts, Principal at Hickey & Associates, LLC, was invited to speak at the Pro-Nicaragua Premier Investment Forum titled “”Nicaragua: Let’s Grow Together”” on August 16-17, 2011 in Managua, Nicaragua. The forum will showcase Nicaragua’s economic growth and the reasons why it has become increasingly attractive to foreign investors. Ann is well known as a key player in international economic development with almost three decades of experience in real estate, finance, site selection, incentive negotiations and government relations. Hickey & Associates, LLC, a global site location and public/private advisory firm, recently announced the merger of its company with HartsGroup, Inc....
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Upgrading Your Work Force–Innovative incentive partnerships add value for everyone

An employer’s commitment between company and employee includes reasonable compensation, benefits and a safe and productive working environment. In many companies, that same obligation extends beyond rewarding hard work, ensuring that a foundation of both personal and professional growth is achieved. Lifelong learning is an additional promise many companies have made to improve professional skill sets through on-going work-force training and skills development. This creates positive effects for both employee and community alike. Types of continuing education and lifetime learning opportunities include: Business Process Improvement, Strategic Planning and Lean Manufacturing; Manufacturing skills such as welding and inventory control; Quality training:...
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First IAMC Volunteer Event – Santo Domingo Trading Post

I’ve always enjoyed volunteering — the positive feeling of giving back to whom you’ve served, but also the exposure to new people, environment and cultures one wouldn’t have normally come across in everyday life. That’s why I personally found the inaugural IAMC volunteer event during the Albuquerque 2011 Spring Forum an incredible and fulfilling experience. We traveled to the Santo Domingo Indian Reservation via the New Mexico Rail Runner train, a very efficient method of public transportation servicing many communities, including Native American Tribes and Pueblos, along New Mexico’s north/south corridor. The Kewa Pueblo train station was our stop, an...
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General Mills to invest $36 million in new Allen County distribution center

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 31, 2011) – Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob joined executives of global food company General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and representatives of Allen County today to announce the company’s plans to open a new distribution center here, creating up to 65 new jobs by the end of 2012. General Mills will invest more than $36 million in a new distribution center at 12300 Bluffton Road on the city’s south side. The facility will be built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standards and will feature energy efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing and a white roof to...
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