Newsletter for September 9th

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers


Scott Bierman

Tuesday allowed us to expand our minds more in regards to local economic development with the help of JEDI (Jasper Economic Development, Inc.) member, Scott Bierman. He explained that our economic development office serves as a hub of all economic development those goes on in Jasper County and is led by Ken Larimore in conjunction with the University of Illinois Extension. Two economic development tools he introduced to students were enterprise zones and the TIF program. He summarized the topics of the day by reinforcing why we do special project such as the acquatic center, walking trails, new sidewalks and lamposts. The concept of creating a welcoming environment to businesses is always a key element as we know to thrive we must maintain and expand jobs in Jasper County. 

Rex Vault

Mark and Lucas Bolander
Rex Vault opened their doors to us on Thursday and offered us the opportunity to learn about so much more than vaults and septic systems. Our conversations included business elements from supply and demand and how that effects inventory to  business succession plans and workers compensation. We also took advantage of exploring the new GPS tracking program installed in their business trucks to help them better serve their drivers and to drive down over head costs by increasing fuel efficiencies through routing software and more detailed maintenance tracking. We were also involved in a conversation about price differnential of products and maintaining quality end results. It was a phenomenol learning experience!!

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