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Newsletter for September 23rd


Strategic Planning

Mark Bolander and Ken Larimore

On Monday, Jasper CEO participated in a strategic planning for the city of Newton and Jasper County. The planning was led by Newton’s mayor, Mark Bolander and Jasper County Economic Development Extension Educator, Ken Larimore. The CEO students were honored to have their opinions on their community given a voice. They felt it was a very worthwhile session and they are excited to see the next phases of progress in their hometown!


TIF and Enterprise Zones

Ken Larimore

On Tuesday, Ken Larimore again joined us to further discuss the topics of TIF (Tax Increment Financing) and Enterprise Zones. The is another key component to one of our major focuses in Jasper CEO’s program in the fall, local economics. Students left with a better understanding of the economic tools and how they are used to benefit their community.


SWOT Analysis

Dave Blecha

On Thursday, Dave Blecha joined us to discuss SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and the advantages of working in teams. We carried out a SWOT session together as we evaluated our recent badge business where students were challenged by the facilitator to create, generate funds, and execute an actual identification badge that students are required to where at all CEO events. I am happy to report, this year was a huge success! With the profit from this business students will have a financial base to build upon for their class business this winter. The CEO’s felt the use of SWOT will be critical in the success of not only the class business but their individual businesses as well. Not to mention, they now own one of the most critical tools in a progressive work place. Job well done!


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