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Site Selection: A Changing Art

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By Richard K. Blackwell Site selection is a process that is becoming highly critical for communities to be aware of and compete within but also for businesses involved as their success is tied to getting it right. In a nutshell, site selection is the process of choosing...

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Job Skills Needed

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By Richard K. Blackwell and Trent Acker A major part of any economic development plan is people. Without a well trained workforce, a community cannot expect to bring in and create new jobs no matter how much money is put into buildings, infrastructure and sustainability. Identifying and...

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Industry 4.0 and what it means to you

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by Richard K. Blackwell The Upstate economy has made great strides coming out of the “Great Recession” thanks to a vibrant manufacturing base that calls our ten-county region home. As this large sector continue to hum along, one theme to watch for in 2016 is the idea...

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Keeping Oconee’s momentum going

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Originally appeared in the December 12 issue of The Seneca Journal. Oconee economic development boss Richard Blackwell has said, “If you build it, they will come,” so often since coming to the county in 2012 that the makers of the movie “Field of Dreams” might have...

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Great in 2015, better in 2016

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By Glenn Buddin Pick an economic development measurable and its likely Oconee County excelled at it in 2015. Oconee is blessed to be experiencing record levels of its citizens working, per capita income numbers rising, and the county employment rate has dropped from 6.2 percent to 5.3...

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Celebrating Manufacturing

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By Richard K. Blackwell October is National Manufacturing Month. It’s important to take time to celebrate our industries this month, because many people don’t think about how any given product on a store shelf is actually many smaller products put together to create the larger end...

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