Seminole EDC, City to be Featured in International Economic Development Webinar

The Seminole Economic Development Corp. and the City of Seminole will be a key feature of a presentation scheduled later this week in regard to economic development for communities.

A presentation, which according to a press release issued by an Austin-based firm participating as a presenter for a San Francisco-based planning company which has a reach of over 13,000 cities spread among 43 U.S. states.

According to the firm of Johnson & Associates, the SEDC and City of Seminole will be featured in the company’s upcoming Thursday webinar with GIS Planning, entitled “How to Engage Community Stakeholders.”

Johnson & Associates Senior Vice President, Melissa Woodall, will present the webinar to the company, which provides real estate, demographic, and industry data to help businesses and site selection professionals select optimal geographic locations through powerful online mapping analysis.

Woodall, who has over 23 years of economic development experience in communities in Texas and Arizona, worked with the SEDC, the City of Seminole and local business leaders in a May 2017 Sales Team Training session in Seminole.

“As I was preparing for this presentation, I looked back over the best examples of engaged and enthused community leadership and hands down, Seminole rose to the top of the list,” said Woodall in the press release obtained by the Seminole Sentinel.  “After spending a day with the EDC Board, the City Council, Gaines County Judge Keyes, the SISD, the Chamber of Commerce and business community I left Seminole with a unique sense of shared vision and commitment to success.   I contacted (SEDC Executive Director) Chris (Jones) and asked if he would be willing to provide me with a short video for use in the webinar and of course he was happy to do so.”

Jones, in a Thursday morning telephone interview with the Seminole Sentinel, said he was first taken back with the request to participate in the webinar, but quickly jumped on the opportunity.

“This is an international (webinar),” said Jones. “From a marketing standpoint, anytime you can get your name out there, it’s a huge deal. And, for us to be able to get Seminole’s name out there internationally to let folks know what’s going on here and the good things happening here and in West Texas, well that’s a good thing.”

The SEDC, under Jones’ term, is in the midst of the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the business retention and development municipality which is targeting four areas of industry for the Seminole community: Agriculture, Energy, Manufacturing, and Medical. Those represent four areasthat either have had a strong foothold in Seminole and Gaines County for decades, or show signs of emerging growth, according to Jones.

According to Jones’ outline, the goal of the strategic plan is “to outline development efforts in Seminole for the next 3-5 years. With an economic development strategic plan, the City of Seminole can bring together it’s entire community to support a vision, goals, and strategies which allow Seminole to grow and thrive.

However, economic development is not the responsibility of one individual or board, but rather the responsibility of a committed community. This plan will provide a vision, guiding principles, and simple goals for economic development in the City of Seminole.”

In Thursday’s presentation, Woodall is anticipated to speak to four specific areas related to economic development, citing examples of implementations and projects she’s been involved with over the years. Additionally, Woodall will address the importance of the “elevator pitch” for economic developers and community leaders, explaining the critical elements you’ll want to include and offering an example. “You never know if you are going to make a deal on the golf course, at a Rotary Club meeting or walking through the grocery store, so it is important that all community leaders need to know what to say when the opportunity presents itself,” she says.

According to the press release, GIS Planning is the world leader in online economic development solutions. Over 13,000 U.S. cities in 43 states are served by GIS Planning’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, which provides real estate, demographic, and industry data to help businesses and site selection professionals select optimal geographic locations through powerful online mapping analysis. GIS Planning’s software as a service helps local communities grow their economies through business investment.   Headquartered in San Francisco, GIS Planning has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for the past five years.

Johnson & Associates is one of the most respected community and economic development consulting firms in the nation with over thirty years of experience in providing services to cities, economic development organizations and chambers of commerce.   Based in Austin, J&A has offices in Galveston, Oxford, Miss. and Bartlett, Tenn. and has worked with hundreds of clients.

GIS Planning hosts a regular series of informational and educational webinars throughout the year that are available to economic and community developers as well as business leaders not only in the United States but around the globe.  If you are interested in participating in this free webinar, you may visit the Johnson & Associates website and register.