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Friday, January 17 2020

Business Retention Manager Hired

Vero Beach, FL -- The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of John Corapi as their new Business Retention Manager. Corapi will start his position on January 21. 

“The Business Retention Manager is a new position within our Chamber”, explains Helene Caseltine, Economic Development Director for the Chamber. “Economic development activity has significantly increased over the years, both on the business recruitment side and the retention/expansion of our existing businesses.” The Chamber serves as the primary economic development organization on behalf of the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners.

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Friday, January 17 2020

At Shreveport Regional Airport, AAS will create an initial 60 jobs, with plans for major expansion

Shreveport, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Advanced Aero Services President Mike Anderson announced AAS will launch an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the Shreveport Regional Airport. The MRO facility will serve commercial airline customers at an existing hangar on the airport property.

By 2021, AAS will create 60 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $49,600, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project’s initial phase will result in 77 new indirect jobs, for a total of 137 new jobs in Northwest Louisiana. Future phases include plans to build a narrow-body MRO hangar that would boost employment substantially.

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Friday, January 17 2020

Des Moines, IA -- The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board approved awards for one legacy company in Fort Madison, which will assist in the creation of 91 jobs and result in nearly $32 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also approved innovation funding in support of startups located in Ames, Iowa City, West Des Moines and West Liberty.

Manufacturer expands production in Fort Madison
Conagra Foods Packaged Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Conagra Brands, Inc. and one of North America’s leading branded foods companies. Conagra’s brands include Birds Eye®, Healthy Choice®, Banquet®, Marie Callender’s®, Chef Boyardee® and Gardein®. In October 2018, Conagra acquired Pinnacle Foods, Inc., including the manufacturing location in Fort Madison.

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Friday, January 17 2020

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana to complete modernization project, add new jobs

Princeton, IN -- Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined top Toyota executives at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI), one of only four Toyota automotive assembly facilities in the U.S., as the company announced an additional $700 million investment in its Princeton operations and the addition of 150 more new jobs by the end of 2022, completing the transformation of its plant modernization project announced in January 2017.

"Hoosier manufacturers are driving our economy forward, building the products that power our world every day," said Gov. Holcomb. "For more than 20 years, Toyota has been providing quality career opportunities and helping train Indiana's future workforce. I am so grateful that Toyota remains committed to Indiana, and am thankful for all they are doing to continue making Indiana the best place to live, work and play.”

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Tuesday, January 14 2020

Business Retention Manager Hired

Vero Beach, FL -- The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of John Corapi as their new Business Retention Manager. Corapi will start his position on January 21.

“The Business Retention Manager is a new position within our Chamber”, explains Helene Caseltine, Economic Development Director for the Chamber. “Economic development activity has significantly increased over the years, both on the business recruitment side and the retention/expansion of our existing businesses.” The Chamber serves as the primary economic development organization on behalf of the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners.

Caseltine noted that John brings extraordinary talent to the position, including his fundraising skills along with a ready knowledge of the local business community. His previous experience includes designing and implementing social media strategies, developing and strengthening business relationships as related to non-profit organizations, and creating new programs. John has lived in Vero Beach for 35+ years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Marketing at the Phillips School of Business in High Point, NC. Among the many duties of the Retention Manager, John will coordinate the Manufacturing Boot Camp program, which launched in 2018, and the Industry Appreciation Awards program, currently in its 32 nd year. He will also be conducting business retention visits to local manufacturers, organizing industry tours for the general public, coordinating the ACCRA Cost-of-Living surveys as well as Small Business Week activities.

The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is a county-wide non-profit organization representing the business community. The Chamber provides a wide variety of business services and benefits for its members and advocates on behalf of the local business community to create an environment where all businesses will thrive and succeed.

Contact:

Helene Caseltine, Economic Development Director

PH: 772-567-3491 

email: directored@indianrivered.com

web site:  www.indianrivered.com

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Wednesday, January 08 2020

Guilford County, NC -- The Fresh Market, a fresh-focused specialty food retailer that was founded in Greensboro in 1982, will expand their headquarters operations in North Carolina, creating 53 new jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced. The company plans to invest $5.4 million in Greensboro.

“We’re proud that The Fresh Market has chosen to expand its operations at home in Greensboro, where the company began as a single store and continues to grow,” said Governor Cooper. “In this week of Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to all the hardworking North Carolinians who make up our workforce and help us attract great paying jobs like these.”

The Fresh Market has been providing a fresh take on grocery shopping for more than 35 years. What started as a dream to bring back the old-world charm of the local market through the original store in Greensboro, has grown to include 159 locations in 22 states. The company is still committed to providing an unparalleled shopping experience with the ambience of a friendly, local market. The company is consolidating its corporate headquarters operations from two separate buildings and expanding into one new, modern location in downtown Greensboro.

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Wednesday, January 08 2020

Morrison, IL -- Economic activity in the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone (WCEZ) picked up in 2019, with 19 projects and an investment of $38.6 million, up from 2018’s 13 projects with an investment of $10.5 million. The 2019 projects are on track to create over 450 jobs in the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone.  The Enterprise Zone is the region’s most effective local incentive, with $453.3 million invested in 488 projects, creating and retaining 8,526 jobs between 2000 and 2019.

The 2019 projects included a variety of size and type, including HALO Branded Solution’s $25 million expansion and a small retail expansion of $41,000.  According to Gary Camarano, WCEZ Administrator, “The Enterprise Zone is available to help all types of businesses - small to large, new or existing, home grown or a relocation, industrial or retail or commercial, and its proven itself to be a very effective incentive.”

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