It has been quiet here…

I’m home taking care of my 4 children while my wife is out of the state, and the office has been fairly quiet. Joe Bartmann, the director of McCook Economic Development Alliance, has set a furious pace of meetings with many key state people in Pierre, S.D. and local and regional leaders in gathering as many facts as possible on the economic impact of building Laurent in McCook County.

We truly believe that by building Laurent in this county, all cities (Bridgewater, Canistota, Montrose, Salem and Spencer) will benefit greatly from the growth. Most, if not all, businesses will experience increase in their potential customer base. Laurent will begin to pull more people off the Interstate 90, and we will work together to maximize their stay in the county.

Miscellaneous office stuff � we’ve been evaluating multifunction color copier/printer/fax/scanner from Ricoh, Canon, Kyocera and soon Xerox. I really love the “scan to e-mail” idea in where you can just scan 50 pages through the automatic document feeder and it e-mails to you in PDF format. Nice!

Also, if you are reading this and you’re a potential Chief Financial Officer or Vice President of Construction, please check the job description at our web site and send us the resume! We’re going to begin interview process within the next few weeks.

The next critical step for us is to educate the County residents about the facts, and working with the Commissioners on getting the form-based coding approved in the County. Why? Form based coding will allow the County to carefully designate areas for city-centric growth, keeping development pressure off the agriculture land. McCook County has beautiful countryside here, and we want to keep that way. I know almost everyone here feels the same.

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