Economic Gateway - Junction City-Geary County Economic Development Commission http://www.jcgced.com Junction City-Geary County Economic Development Commission News Feed Sat, 04 Nov 2023 11:12:43 -0500 en-US Junction City, Kansas Transforms Distressed Properties into Affordable Workforce Housing Options Through a City Land Bank. http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50601/junction-city-kansas-transforms-distressed-properties-into-affordable-workforce-housing-options-through-a-city-land-bank http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50601/junction-city-kansas-transforms-distressed-properties-into-affordable-workforce-housing-options-through-a-city-land-bank Mon, 22 May 2023 00:00:00 -0500 Junction City, Kansas, is taking an innovative approach to increase the supply of entry-level homes available at affordable prices. They are using a land bank to do it. Land banks can significantly increase the number of cost-effective workforce housing options by acquiring and managing vacant or distressed properties. These properties... 3 Bad Habits Most Entrepreneurs Are Guilty Of — And the Simple Solution for Stopping http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50468/3-bad-habits-most-entrepreneurs-are-guilty-of-and-the-simple-solution-for-stopping http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50468/3-bad-habits-most-entrepreneurs-are-guilty-of-and-the-simple-solution-for-stopping Sun, 30 Apr 2023 00:00:00 -0500 Russian composer Igor Stravinsky reportedly did a 15-minute headstand each morning. Inventor Nikola Tesla performed 100 toe curls every night. Poet and author Maya Angelou only wrote in hotel rooms. We may snicker at the quirks of famous creators, but we all have entrenched habits, whether we're aware of... How to Build Sustainable and Meaningful Business Relationships http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50469/how-to-build-sustainable-and-meaningful-business-relationships http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50469/how-to-build-sustainable-and-meaningful-business-relationships Fri, 28 Apr 2023 00:00:00 -0500 One of my most satisfying, long-lasting business relationships began at a trade show organized by a new promoter. Year after year, we saw each other at the show and built an excellent relationship through good times and challenging periods. Today, we refer new business opportunities to each other all the... USDA Announces $45 Million Funding Opportunity to Support Underserved and Veteran Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50466/usda-announces-45-million-funding-opportunity-to-support-underserved-and-veteran-farmers-ranchers-and-foresters http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50466/usda-announces-45-million-funding-opportunity-to-support-underserved-and-veteran-farmers-ranchers-and-foresters Thu, 27 Apr 2023 00:00:00 -0500 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced approximately $45 million available to organizations that help underserved and veteran farmers, ranchers, and foresters own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known... As ‘Skills-Based Hiring’ Becomes All The Rage, These Education Leaders Want To Overturn A 117-Year-Old Way Of Measuring Students’ Experiences http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50467/as-skillsbased-hiring-becomes-all-the-rage-these-education-leaders-want-to-overturn-a-117yearold-way-of-measuring-students-experiences http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/50467/as-skillsbased-hiring-becomes-all-the-rage-these-education-leaders-want-to-overturn-a-117yearold-way-of-measuring-students-experiences Wed, 26 Apr 2023 00:00:00 -0500 Companies have long evaluated new employees by college degrees and their years of experience in a field. In school, learning has long been measured by “credit hour”—the time spent in a classroom—since 1906. But as companies like Google, IBM and Accenture drop degree requirements and put more emphasis on skills when... The Rise of Mid-Size U.S. Cities: The Industrial Development Boom http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53825/the-rise-of-midsize-us-cities-the-industrial-development-boom http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53825/the-rise-of-midsize-us-cities-the-industrial-development-boom Thu, 02 Nov 2023 00:00:00 -0500 Amidst a time of transformation characterized by changing preferences and economic shifts, numerous major urban centers have witnessed a downturn in economic activity in recent years. During this same time period, many of their mid-size counterparts have flourished. While the rise of these mid-size cities has been under way for... Front Line: Satisfying the Semiconductor Industry’s Workforce Needs http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53826/front-line-satisfying-the-semiconductor-industrys-workforce-needs http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53826/front-line-satisfying-the-semiconductor-industrys-workforce-needs Thu, 02 Nov 2023 00:00:00 -0500 In July, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) announced it was postponing the start of production at its new factory in Arizona. The firm says chip manufacturing will no longer start next year, due to a shortage of skilled workers.Read here for the complete article.  2023 Top States for Doing Business Meet the Needs of Site Selectors http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53195/2023-top-states-for-doing-business-meet-the-needs-of-site-selectors http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53195/2023-top-states-for-doing-business-meet-the-needs-of-site-selectors Mon, 09 Oct 2023 00:00:00 -0500 What makes a state a great place to do business? Let us count the ways.There are more than a dozen factors that enterprises find are important to their success — and, in particular, vital considerations as they decide where to locate, relocate or expand. These factors influence various aspects of... Think Outside the Box with Your Workforce Solutions http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53196/think-outside-the-box-with-your-workforce-solutions http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53196/think-outside-the-box-with-your-workforce-solutions Mon, 09 Oct 2023 00:00:00 -0500 Creative” and “Workforce” are not words that have historically gone together. Fast forward to 2023, and they go together like peanut butter and jelly!But why are we having to be creative with the workforce? What does it mean to be creative with your workforce, and how can your creativity set... USDA to Begin Issuing $1.75 Billion to Agricultural Producers Through Critical Emergency Relief Programs http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53197/usda-to-begin-issuing-175-billion-to-agricultural-producers-through-critical-emergency-relief-programs http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53197/usda-to-begin-issuing-175-billion-to-agricultural-producers-through-critical-emergency-relief-programs Wed, 27 Sep 2023 00:00:00 -0500 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will begin issuing more than $1.75 billion in emergency relief payments to eligible farmers and livestock producers. These much-needed payments are helping farming and ranching operations recover following natural disasters in 2020, 2021 and 2022.“USDA provides substantial economic support for... USDA Launches Program to Support Agricultural Employers and Farmworkers, Aiming to Increase Economic and Supply Chain Resilience as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53198/usda-launches-program-to-support-agricultural-employers-and-farmworkers-aiming-to-increase-economic-and-supply-chain-resilience-as-part-of-president-bidens-investing-in-america-agenda http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/53198/usda-launches-program-to-support-agricultural-employers-and-farmworkers-aiming-to-increase-economic-and-supply-chain-resilience-as-part-of-president-bidens-investing-in-america-agenda Fri, 22 Sep 2023 00:00:00 -0500  The Biden-Harris Administration today announced that agricultural employers can begin to apply for a pilot program designed to improve the resiliency of the food and agricultural supply chain by addressing workforce challenges farmers and ranchers face. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in coordination with other federal agencies, is announcing... In Focus: Today’s Investments Inspiring Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce Leaders http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/51711/in-focus-todays-investments-inspiring-tomorrows-skilled-workforce-leaders http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/51711/in-focus-todays-investments-inspiring-tomorrows-skilled-workforce-leaders Mon, 01 May 2023 00:00:00 -0500 The skilled trades are at a pivotal moment in time. More than a decade of understaffing issues remain unresolved as the Great Retirement looms, and current economic uncertainty is shifting budget priorities away from workforce development at many organizations. As for the next decade, the U.S. Bureau of Labor (BLS)... Key Steps to Satisfying Workforce Needs http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/51712/key-steps-to-satisfying-workforce-needs http://www.jcgced.com/junctioncity/news/p/item/51712/key-steps-to-satisfying-workforce-needs Sat, 01 Apr 2023 00:00:00 -0500 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics most recent report released on March 10, 2023, the unemployment rate for March was 3.5 percent. The unemployment rate has hovered at this level over the last 12 months, ranging between 3.5 percent and 3.7 percent, except for in January 2023 where it...