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  • Monett Renews Contract for Economic Development

    By MarksNelson on April 24, 2017
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    The Monett City Council has renewed its contract with the Kansas City-based consulting firm MarksNelson, previously known as Community EDGE, for economic development services. MarksNelson works with the economic development partnership between the city, the Monett school district, the Chamber of Commerce, the Monett Industrial Development Corporation and the city’s Industrial Development Authority. The company was selected through the city seeking requests for proposals for economic development consulting.
  • Transparency and Accountability in Public Incentives

    By MarksNelson on January 9, 2017
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    Incentives being offered by governments in order to encourage private sector development and economic activity is nothing new. Just think about the extensive use of land grants in the early development of the United States.
  • How to Leverage Location as a Competitive Advantage

    By MarksNelson on May 25, 2016
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    In today’s rapidly changing, highly competitive and complex business environment, companies must constantly explore effective ways to leverage resources. Those who see location and the ability to strategically configure their facility network as a competitive advantage can significantly impact the short- and long-term success of the business.
  • Workforce: Creating and Filling a Pipeline of Skilled Employees

    By MarksNelson on March 25, 2016
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    For many businesses, labor accounts for as much as 70 percent of their total costs. And that’s just employee wages and benefits. Businesses spend millions of dollars more each year training new employees and educating current employees. Most business owners and managers know that finding qualified employees—and keeping them—is crucial to their success.
  • Commercial Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2016

    By MarksNelson on February 9, 2016
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    Commercial real estate affects nearly all businesses. Whether you lease office space for your retail business or develop industrial parks for e-commerce distributors, changes in the industry can affect your costs, ability to attract talent and overall profits. What's ahead for investors, developers, tenants and property managers in the Kansas City area?
  • Governments Face New Tax Abatement Disclosure Requirements

    By MarksNelson on September 2, 2015
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    On August 14, 2015, the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement No. 77 providing new disclosure guidance to governments related to tax abatement agreements. The statement requires the growing number of governments offering tax abatement, often to encourage business investment, to disclose certain details in their financial statements.