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COVID-19 Support: PART 1 – Controlling Your Overhead

Keith McBride on April 14, 2020 in COVID-19

This is part of a three-part post on COVID-19 resources. FEDC has been working with many small businesses and landowners through COVID-19 shut down, and have gathered a cache of information that, we expect, would be valuable to other businesses in Freeport and beyond.  Those discussions and conferences and the…

 

Retail is Changing. What is Freeport Doing About That?

Keith McBride on September 05, 2019 in Ec. Dev. Challenges, Experiential Retail, Marketing, Strategic Planning

Both the taxable retail sales data and anecdotal evidence from local retailers supports the conclusion that online retail shopping is impacting brick and mortar retail sales, but it’s only a part of the story, especially in Freeport. For example, despite the decline in retail sales and the prevailing narrative about…

 

Embracing Automation

Keith McBride on February 22, 2018 in Demographics, Ec. Dev. Challenges, Workforce Development

Last year, the Pew Research Center reported that while most Americans are aware that manufacturing employment has decreased dramatically since 2000, most were unaware that American manufacturing output has increased significantly over that same time period. The changing job market is a major issue for economic development nationwide, but even…