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Manheim Solutions Team Project Update

Posted on Aug 21, 2017

The Manheim Solutions Team contract with the Village of Alsip, IL was recently renewed to continue marketing and business development for its Pulaski Road TIF Corridor. Recent successes include the recruitment of Checkers Restaurant to the corridor, as well as obtaining approval for several TIF grants for existing shopping centers.

Our firm is also being retained by Ogle County, IL to develop a long-range economic development strategic plan and staff support.

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Pulaski Road Corridor Progress Reported

Posted on May 07, 2016

As reported by the “Mount Greenwood Express, April 21, 2016

A presentation was given at the regular Monday night Alsip Village Board meeting on the progress of the Pulaski Corridor TIF. Representative Chris Manheim of Manheim Solutions, Inc. reported that all goals for March have been met by his company. Strengths and weaknesses of the redevelopment have been identified. Manheim said the corridor has much available to many medium-sized companies but store that take a lot of room may have problems due to their size.

It was stated that there aren’t many lots available for larger stores like Food 4 Less. It was also reported that residential surveys reported that desired additions to Pulaski would be clothing stores, accessory stores, hardware and auto stores, hardware and auto stores, lawn and garden stores, specialty service grocery stores, and personal service facilities, as well as high-end full-service restaurants.

With all of the possibilities noted, it was stated that the next step is to attract the best possible establishments to fit into Alsip’s demographics.

It was reported that there were communications with companies, but nothing was definite as yet. However, it was stated that Alsip has a great opportunity for redevelopment due to the fact that nearly 30,000 cars travel the Pulaski Corridor. The fact that many people who live in Alsip or travel to and from the Village, which is more than excellent for the future of redevelopment. A drawback to the redevelopment would be the fact that in essence the Alsip Community has a slow population growth, but in the Village’s favor is the fact that many of the residents do travel in and out of the Village.

The next steps are to develop grant procedures for current establishments for rehabbing their stores. The challenge, it was reported, would be to find the property or to rearrange property to accommodate stores and strip malls.

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Coordinating Local Food Study Update

Posted on May 07, 2016

Report sees economic benefit in industry networking SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

A 110-page report on northeast Indiana’s food-related economy has found several opportunities for improvement.

The greatest need, according to the phase I report prepared by Illinois-based consulting firm Manheim Solutions, is for local food networks to coordinate efforts.

More than 12,300 farmers in northeast Indiana sell $1.42 billion of food products a year, on average, the report found. Most of that is exported to other states or countries at wholesale prices. Indiana consumers, in turn, pay about $1.9 billion a year retail for food imported from outside the state.

What’s next Phase II of a study on the proposed Northeast Indiana Local Food Network has three main parts: • Farmers, food buyers and others will review the findings from phase I and provide input on project priorities.
Officials are trying to narrow that gap by getting more food that’s produced in northeast Indiana into the mouths of people who live here. They also want to capture some of the economic benefits that come from processing locally grown food.

As envisioned, the Northeast Indiana Regional Food Network would connect farmers, food processors, regional food hubs, restaurants and others. The network would include farmers markets, food festivals, cooking classes and support for startup ventures.

Manheim Solutions was hired last fall to evaluate the assets available to build a network and the gaps that exist, and suggest what can be done to fill those holes. A $43,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant helped pay for the study.

Wells County Economic Development Corp., the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. are taking leadership roles in the project.

Previous efforts at creating a regional food hub have concentrated on processors and virtually ignored farmers, the study found. Low-income residents also weren’t included in earlier efforts. The consultants said it’s important to include both groups.

Officials must also review regulations and the existing business infrastructure to make them more friendly for small-sized, local food trade, the study said.

Several existing operations in the 11-county region were noted as models, including Seven Sons Farm, Huntington County; Joseph Decuis Farm and Restaurant, Whitley and Huntington counties; Trellis Growing Systems, Fort Wayne; and Whitley County Farmers’ Market, Columbia City. sslater@jg.net (mailto:sslater@jg.net)

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Northeast Indiana Regional Food Network receives Milestone Grant

Posted on Nov 02, 2015

Elgin, IL – The Northeast Indiana Regional Food Network, led by Wells County Revitalization, Inc., reached a milestone Wednesday, Oct. 28 as the program received a grant to help launch and develop the growing and dynamic food economy in the region. Manheim Solutions, Inc. has been selected as the economic development consultant to complete this economic development strategic study.

The regional food network received a $43,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funding will help develop the Northeast Indiana Regional Food Network plan to cultivate new and expanded opportunities for existing businesses, nurture entrepreneurial growth and expand quality of life assets.

“The funding represents the ongoing efforts to create economic and job opportunities in rural areas by ensuring that strategic investments are made in our small towns and cities. Rural businesses drive community revitalization by providing products and services to local residents as well as throughout the country and world. Projects like this spur important economic development and strengthen communities across Indiana,” said USDA Rural Development Indiana State Director Philip Lehmkuhler.

The food network is dedicated to the mission of supporting and growing businesses that add value to agricultural and food products grown and produced throughout the greater Northeast Indiana region.

“Northeast Indiana is home to a network of food businesses that provide a vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in the region. By developing a collaborative regional approach to the food network together, we will capitalize on the region’s agricultural strength and create opportunities for future growth,” said Tim Ehlerding, executive director of Wells County Economic Development.

Current and planned regional food network projects include regional food hubs, incubators, farm-to-fork initiatives, farmers markets, food festivals, cooking education, urban agricultural production, community kitchens and neighborhood spaces.

By supporting local food businesses, Northeast Indiana will be able to attract and retain entrepreneurial talent, as well as support the development of new and unique businesses in the region.

Last year, the Northeast Indiana Regional Food Network received $15,000 in initial funding from the Regional Opportunities Council, the investor board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. The funding was granted to support the partnership’s entrepreneurial pillar.

To find out more about the Northeast Indiana Regional Food Network study, contact Chris Manheim at chris@manheimsolutions.com.

 

About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 11 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit www.NEIndiana.com.

 

 

About the Wells County Economic Development Corporation

Located in the heart of Bluffton, the Wells County Economic Development is committed to attracting and retaining the best businesses and workers, and dedicated to coordinating community-wide efforts to facilitate economic growth. For more information, visit www.wellsedc.com.

 

About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation

The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization that serves as the central point of contact for economic development efforts in LaGrange County. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of LaGrange County through the enhancement of employment opportunities resulting from the responsible growth and retention of business and industry. For more information, visit www.lagrangecountyedc.com.

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Manheim to Speak at NLC Annual Congress, Nov. 7 in Nashville

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

Chris Manheim, President of Manheim Solutions, Inc., will be a speaker at the National League of Cities (NLC) 92nd Annual Congress of Cities and Exposition, which will be held on November 4-7, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Chris will be participating as a speaker in the program session titled “Cultivating a Local Food Economy” scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 7th from 9:00-10:00.

Over the past 6 years, Manheim Solutions, Inc. has conducted a number of economic development strategic plans, including foodshed strategies, for communities in Idaho, Florida, Wisconsin and Illinois. The firm also provides general economic development consulting services to small cities.

As the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing cities and towns, NLC is committed to helping municipal leaders build better communities. The NLC is expecting more than 3,000 delegates to come to Nashville in November to discuss critical issues facing America’s cities. NLC’s membership represents all Americans, from small rural communities and growing suburbs to the nation’s largest cities.

For more information about Manheim Solutions, Inc., visit www.ManheimSolutions.com.

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Manheim Solutions adds College of DuPage as New Client

Posted on Aug 03, 2015

Manheim Solutions, Inc. recently added the Continuing Education Business Solutions Group of the College of DuPage, located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, as a new ACT Authorized Job Profiling® client. As with other community college and workforce investment board clients, the Manheim Solutions Team conducts job profiling for their manufacturers customers. For more information about the Manheim Solutions Team ACT Authorized Job Profiling®, visit our website at http://www.manheimsolutions.com/act-work-keys/‎.

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Appleton, WI Economic Development Strategic Plan Approved

Posted on Jun 23, 2015

The City of Appleton, WI approved the Economic Development Strategic Plan developed by Manheim Solutions, Inc. A copy of the brochure is available for viewing.

Appleton possesses a central location in a 30-mile diameter area that encompasses a regional labor market and retail trade are with a population of nearly 814,000 persons in the Appleton-Green Bay-Oshkosh-Neenah and Fond du loc metropolitan and micro-politan areas. The same area employs nearly 430,000 persons.

Manheim Solutions, Inc. and its partners have now completed several similar studies. For more information contact Chris Manheim at chris@ManheimSolutions.com.

Appleton Brochure 4-15-15

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Treasure Coast Research Receives $900K EDA Grant

Posted on Apr 09, 2015

Great NEWS from our client, Treasure Coast Research, Education and Development Authority in St. Lucie, Florida. They received a $895,000 grant from the EDA, prepared with our assistance to build the Center for AgriLife Research and Entrepreneurship (CARE) Incubator, also known as the Sunshine Kitchen Food Business Incubator. Will create 266 jobs!  For more information about Treasure Coast, click http://treasurecoastresearchpark.com/.

To read the full EDA media release, follow this link:http://www.eda.gov/news/press-releases/2015/03/31/st-lucie-fl.htm

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Workforce Connections Reports New WorkKeys Assessments

Posted on Oct 24, 2014

Our partner and client, The Workforce Connection of Rockford, Illinois reports in its October 2014 newsletter that 1,172 individuals have taken WorkKeys assessments through its office and that of the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance. For more information, read the newsletter at http://www.theworkforceconnection.org/pdf/Oct%2014%20newsletter.pdf.

Manheim Solutions, Inc. has completed more than a dozen manufacturing ACT job profiles in the Rockford region this year. For more information, contact Chris@ManheimSolutions.com.

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Manheim Solutions, Inc. Hosts IEDC Finance Course

Posted on Sep 08, 2014

For the second time since 2012, Manheim Solutions, Inc. has hosted the International Economic Development Council’s “Economic Development Finance Programs” course in Chicago this past week – September 3-5. The course instructs economic development professionals on the ‘Best Practices’ of economic development finance, business financing programs, revolving loan programs, real estate financing, Tax Increment Financing and more.

Manheim Solutions, Inc. is a 6 year-old economic development consulting firm specializing in providing small to mid-sized communities with a wide-range of services, including food shed strategies. The firm is also an Authorized ACT WorkKeys Job Profiler, working with employers to identify the tasks and skills required to perform a job.

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