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First Stop Shop Updates
Volume 4, Issue 8, November 2016
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Introducing Our New Business Development Specialist

I am happy to share the we have hired our new First Stop Shop (FSS) Business Development Specialist and she joined us on November 7! 

Joanne (Jo) Foust is a familiar name when it comes to economic development and planning services in Scott County. She has over 20 years of experience in community development in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Foust started her employment as a Community Development Director working for the Cities of Zumbrota, St. Peter and Belle Plaine. 

In 2001, she co-founded Municipal Development Group, a consulting company, which over the past 15 years has provided economic development, planning and grant writing services to over 40 municipalities and counties. Ms. Foust has a double major in Business Management and Economics, with a minor in Speech Communication, from of University of MN-Morris. She is a Certified Economic Development Professional through the National Development Council and has served as a Director on a Bank Board for the past 11 years.


Jo can be reached at jfoust@scottfss.org or at 952-496-8830. We are incredibly excited to have her on our team! 
Economic Development Incentive (EDI) Grants - 2017

The 2017 Economic Development Incentive Grant applications have been reviewed and grants have been awarded. A total of $300,682.80 was awarded to four of our cities for five projects that were submitted under the Corridor Readiness Program.

The Corridor Readiness Grants are intended to assist communities in completing land use, transportation and environmental studies and contracted planning services that are intended to maximize development and/or redevelopment opportunities and the investment of capital within the top ten commercial corridors as established by the SCALE Transportation and Economic Development Committee. These grants required a 1:2 (local:CDA) match.  

Below is a summary of the communities and projects receiving funding in 2017:
The Scott County CDA and First Stop Shop are excited to see how this EDI Program has positively impacted all of our communities and moved so many projects forward over the past three years. We look forward to another year of great projects!
Maxfield Housing and C/I Studies

Housing Study:
The much anticipated Scott County Comprehensive Housing Needs Update has been completed!  
 
Maxfield Research and Consulting was engaged by the Scott County Community Development Agency (Scott County CDA) to conduct an update of the comprehensive housing needs assessment for Scott County. The previous housing needs assessment was completed in 2011‐2012. The Comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment finds that household growth and changes in demographic characteristics and housing preferences will create demand for 30,256 total housing units in Scott County from 2017 to 2040. Detailed calculations of housing demand are included in the completed report, which can be viewed by clicking here.

We would like to thank Scott County and all of the Scott County cities for their assistance, input, and patience throughout the study process!

Commercial/Industrial (C/I) Study:
Last week we received the first draft of the Scott County C/I Study. The study has been distributed to each of the cities and the county for review and comment.  We anticipate the report will be completed by early January.
MNCAR/Xceligent Updates - Leads, Listings & Development RFPs

While we were short staffed we were unable to respond to the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR) leads that we receive on a daily basis. I'm happy to announce that since Jo has come on board, we have resumed monitoring of the daily leads and are beginning to provide responses again each week with available properties in our communities.

We also continue helping property/land owners throughout Scott County market their available properties through the MNCAR Exchange database, which is operated by Xceligent. We have about 10 listings we continue to manage, keeping those properties in front of over 1,000 commercial real estate agents.

 

Finally, within the last 6 months we have helped to broadcast development RFPs for two of our cities. The first was for the City of Shakopee seeking proposals for the development of approximately 30 acres of city-owned vacant property located at the intersection of Scott County Highway 69 and U.S. Highway 169 in Shakopee. The latest is a request for the City of Savage in which they are seeking a developer to redevelop a property located on Highway 13. The City of Savage has been actively moving forward with acquisition and clean up of the site (they were awarded a 2017 EDI grant to assist with that process), and they intend to provide the developer with a shovel ready parcel.

For more information on MNCAR/Xceligent and how the First Stop Shop can be of assistance to your community, please contact Stacy Crakes at scrakes@scottfss.org or at 952-496-8613.
Other Items in Progress

>> A brainstorming session has been scheduled with city and county representatives in December to further discuss the idea of expanding the Technology Village accelerator program in Prior Lake throughout the county. Jo will be leading this effort and we expect that she will be dedicating approximately half of her time to exploring this opportunity. 

>> We are in the process of generating a list of 2016 project wins for all of our communities and will be reaching out to each for feedback so we can share county-wide successes in January.

>> We are also reviewing our First Stop Shop website for updates needed. Outside of data updates, one page we have been asked to consider reformatting is the "Key Development Parcels" page. This is primarily information that was originally gathered back in 2013 for our first Scott County Brokers and Developers Day event. This page contains all of our City and County Class Maps, which we will be updating with input from each community in early 2017. We will also work with the individual communities to determine whether or not you have any updated key development parcels you'd like to highlight, and how we can go about doing that.   
That's all we have for now!  Feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or would like to find out more about what we are working on.

FSS Contact Info

 
Stacy Crakes, P.E.  | 952.496.8613 | Email
Jo Foust  | 952.496.8830 | Email
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