Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.
Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.

Voyage Forward Economic Adjustment Strategy Presentation

The long awaited results of the research and strategy development conducted by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) will be presented to the community August 19th at Lenard’s in AmericInn, International Falls. NGKF is a world class economic and business location consultant that were hired as part of the economic response effort to objectively assess our economic situation and prepare an economic development strategy to guide our future development efforts. An assessment of this kind has never been done before for our area and has been an intensive and thorough undertaking. NGKF is a respected professional organization, one of the top economic consulting firms in North America that will share their insights and expertise.

For the past six months, NGKF has conducted a region wide assessment of our economic development assets and challenges. Their first visit in January consisted of interviews with various business and government agencies as well as a tour of the regions industrial and commercial properties, Ranier rail portal, airport, cold weather testing facilities, and industrial parks. Representatives in Ft Frances were also contacted and engaged in this assessment.

NGKF followed up with in-depth interviews of regional business owners and entrepreneurs during their second visit in March and conducted numerous follow-up telephone interviews and statistical research the following months. Their work has been supported by Voyage Forward Teams and staff of the KEDA, Falls EDA, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, and the Northspan Group, Inc.

The NGKF presentation will focus on specific assets, challenges, and discuss a strategy and recommendations for a sustainable economic development plan for Koochiching County and the surrounding area.

Evening events include:

6:00 – 6:15           Opening Remarks – Economic Response Leadership Team

6:15 – 7:45           Presentation by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Regional Economic Development Assessment

Transportation and Logistics Analysis

Target Industry Analysis

Talent Development Strategy

Implementation Strategy & Tactics.

7:45 – 8:45           Audience Question and Answer

8:45 – 9:00           Closing Remarks

If you are a business owner, entrepreneur, educator, or just interested in the economic vitality of the region, you won’t want to miss this event. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

For more information, email info@voyageforward.org.