Consultants Collect Ideas As G.I. Business Study Moves Forward


Community leaders hope Grand Island can become more competitive when it comes to jobs and businesses.

This study -- called Grow Grand Island -- is supposed to point them in the right direction.

Kim Garrett, owner of Cookie Crumbs & Kernels, would like to see enough workers to go around.

“I have issues with getting staff and quality staff that can stay,” she said.

That's the kind of challenges Market Street wants to hear about during their visit. The Georgia consulting firm is also asking for the community's strengths and assets.

So far, they're getting a lot of feedback.

“The challenge is principally in taking good ideas and turning it into something actionable,” said Matt Tarleton, vice president and principal for Market Street.

Garrett's hopeful after participating in the small business group.

“I think there's a lot of good things that are going to come out of it, and some very knowledgeable business people in town gave a lot of great input,” she said.

People from the manufacturing, education and agriculture sectors, as well as government leaders met with the firm Wednesday. Health care, real estate/development and entertainment/tourism groups meet Thursday.

Market Street will take those ideas and their own research to come up with a strategy. Then, more questions.

“How much is it going to cost? Where are we going to get the money? How are we going to measure your success? That's such a critical piece, to make sure that all of those involved are accountable,” said Tarleton.

Along with a plan, Market Street says that $150,000 price tag also covers their expertise.

The firm has done similar studies with Omaha and Kansas City.

“What are some things that this community can learn from what we've seen work in other places, and on the same token, things that have not worked elsewhere,” said Tarleton.

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