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H&A Client General Mills wins Georgia ‘Deal of the Year’

By David Clemons The Walton Tribune Published September 27, 2009 Walton County and General Mills earned statewide recognition for the work done to bring the food giant’s new distribution center to the area. The Georgia Economic Developers Association recognized the Development Authority of Walton County for “”outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in Georgia.”” General Mills broke ground in June on a 1.6-million-square-foot facility on Hightower Trail in Social Circle, just days after the deal to bring the company to the county was completed. It’s the largest distribution center for General Mills in the U.S., and it is expected...
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Insights – Strength in Partnerships

By: Jason Hickey In July, the economic development community lost a dear friend with the passing of Michael P. Hickey, founder of Hickey and Associates, LLC. Mike, at the age of 59, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer. To many, Mike was not only a colleague, but also a close friend and a confidant. Each and every person that had the opportunity to work with Mike knew immediately that he was an honorable and trustworthy advocate. No matter what the situation, you always knew that Mike was being honest and sincere. Time and time again, businesses and communities...
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Mike Hickey – In Memoriam

Michael P. Hickey 1949 – 2009 Michael P. Hickey, founder of Hickey and Associates, LLC, passed away at the age of 59 in his home near Minneapolis , MN. Mike Hickey started Hickey and Associates, LLC, originally in Columbia , MD and eventually settling in Plymouth , MN , specializing in Market Selection and Economic Development initiatives. Over the last two decades, the business has secured over $1 billion in public incentives, while providing clients unparalleled expertise on the best locations to grow, expand or consolidate their businesses. To ensure success was not short-lived, Hickey handled each and every business...
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The Value of Location-Intelligence: Online GIS Analysis for Site Selection

By Anatalio Ubalde, MCP, Co-CEO and Co-founder, GIS Planning Inc. & Although its name would imply otherwise, site selection is very rarely just about the site. Instead, an effective site selection process is about community selection, which includes the geographic advantages that are the best match for your business. There is no question that your company will need a building or site to develop a building, but it’s more important to first evaluate all the things that happen around your site. Here’s the proof: What drives a restaurant location isn’t the building; it’s the customers in the area. What...
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