Newsletter for September 11, 2015

JEDI (Jasper County Economic Development Inc.)

Jasper CEO students met with Scott Bierman, president of JEDI (Jasper County Economic Development Inc.) on Tuesday morning in the county board room. He started by giving us a brief history of JEDI and what economic development had looked like here over the past 65 years. We then discussed how JEDI has positively impacted our community in the last five years. This meeting was also a great opportunity to view Jasper County and Newton as a place different from what they know as a youth citizen or what they have heard at their kitchen tables growing up. We took the opportunity to explain to students that there are many different theories and view points of economic development and why some of the projects that occur in Jasper County are so beneficial to prospective businesses that can create jobs in our area.

Rex Vault, Inc.

Thursday found us visiting with the Bolander family about their third generation company Rex Vault. As with every business visit there are thousands of business concepts to take in and today was no exception. Our focus concept however was diversification. Rex Vault specializes in burial vaults as a Doric dealer, septic tanks as a Norweco dealer, storm shelters, and many other products that spin from their ability to form concrete into different molds of various weight and size. Throughout the visit and story of Rex Vault was weaved how the business has evolved and has grown over the years and how important it is to gauge future business trends to position yourself accordingly.

Colors Training with Susan Hanfland

An integral part of Jasper CEO is understanding, accepting, and utilizing various personalities in the context of the class business and for some during the individual business process. We kicked off this concept today as we all learned what our own individual colors are. These colors will now proudly be displayed on our name plates as we work together in groups as constant reminders of our individual needs and wants when working as a group. We found last year that this was a very powerful tool to the success of our CEO team. Again this year, we had a variety of color patterns which will make for a fun year as we all figure out how to work with and for each other. Honestly, there are days that feel more successful than others on a CEO team but, those hard days make us even greater. As a facilitator, I am so looking forward to working with this group of quality kids. I couldn't think of a better way to start my day. I am so honored to get to spend time with all of them!

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