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Chabin Helps GPI Win $1.15M Tax Credit (June 2014) Graphic Packaging International (GPI) was selected for the inaugural California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) program. Out of 396 companies that applied, only 29 were approved. [more]  
Springboard Biodiesel (October, 2013) There was that heart-stopping moment after hitting the switch  would anything happen? [more]  
Inteview – Sarah Murley on Impact Analysis (July 3, 2013) Many clients are surprised by the results they get with the Impact Analysis tool from Applied Economics says founding partner, Sarah Murley. [more]  

Analysis of California Hiring Credit (June 11, 2013) California Governor Browns May budget revision proposes to reshape the states economic development tax programs. According to the Governors Office of Business and Economic Development, these revisions are intended to bolster Californias business environment and reintegrate people into the workforce by building upon the framework of existing targeted programs. Whether the revisions will fulfill their intended purpose will be the subject of debate over at least the next couple of months. [more]  

Economics Intern (June 2013) Chabin welcomes intern Nikita Benson, who will assist us with research this summer. A resident of Oman, Nikita is studying economics and applied math at CSU, Chico, and her resume already shows a history of leadership. After completing her degree at Chico State, Nikita plans to pursue a PhD in economics. Her dream job is to ultimately work in economics for litigation. We look forward to plying her with cake and showing her the Chabin way."

Allison Moves On (May 2013) In the true spirit of incubation, Chabin’s own Allison Larsen is venturing into the world of start-ups with her new company, TadZo. [more]  

Benicia Wins IEDC Gold Award (Oct 2012) Chabin Concepts, on behalf of the City of Benicia, accepted the IEDC Gold Award for Sustainable and Green Development at IEDC’s Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, October 2. [more]

Allison Larsen
Allison Larsen
Step-by-Step with Chabin Experts (Aug 2012) Chabin principals, Allison Larsen and Vicki Doll, shared their expertise with the larger economic development community this year in IEDC's ED Now newsletter. You can see what they have to say here:
Five Keys to a Successful Business Retention and Expansion Program, by Vicki Doll [PDF]  
Four Steps to Creating an Effective Message Platform, by Allison Larsen [PDF]  
Vicki Doll
Vicki Doll
McPherson CR Seal Work Session (Sep 2011) McPherson, Kansas, celebrated its new status as a CompetitiveReady Community Sept. 8 at a work session attended by over 50 people. [more]  
mcpherson work session
Brownsville, TX Earns CR Seal (Aug 2011) Brownsville, Texas, announced it is the first recipient of the CompetitiveReady Seal. [more]  
Porterville Developing New Strategic Plan (May 2011) The City of Porterville, California, has selected Chabin Concepts to prepare its Economic Development Strategic Plan. [more]  
Chabin headed to McPherson (March 2011) Chabin Concepts and the CompetitiveReady team will kick off a three-prong project for McPherson Industrial Development Company (MIDC) in Kansas. The city of 14,000 has taken a forward-thinking approach to economic development for over 50 years. [more]  
Larsen Earns CEcD (Febraury 2011) “The last time I studied this hard for a test was in college, using a pencil and flash cards. This time I prepped on an iPad with a flashcard app,” [more]
Larsen Moderates Session on Oil Spill (September 2010) Fresh off her visit to the Gulf as part of an IEDC economic recovery team, Chabin principal Allison Larsen moderated a session on Driving Economic Recovery in the Face of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill at the IEDC annual conference. [more]  
CR Group Launched (September 2010) Chabin Concepts, Austin Consulting, EDsuite, and Applied Economics announced the formation of CR Group at the IEDC conference, Sept. 28, in Columbus, Ohio. CR Group takes an integrated approach to community readiness, with input from site selectors as well as economic development professionals. [more]  
cr group
Taylor Addresses Changing Workforce Needs (September 2010) Audrey Taylor penned a guest column about shifting skill levels of the labor force. [Red Bluff Daily News
Sugar Land to Update ED Plan (August 2010) Chabin Concepts has teamed with Austin Consulting, Applied Economics and Marketek to conduct a comprehensive update to the economic development plan for Sugar Land, Texas. [more]  
Larsen Assists Oil Spill Recovery (August 2010) Chabin principal Allison Larsen will be in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, August 23 to 25, participating in an IEDC fact-finding mission. [more]
Chabin to Update Bowling Green Marketing (July 2010) Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has selected Chabin Concepts to update its regional marketing plan for South Central Kentucky. [more]    
Chabin Helps Northern California Land Millions for Green Jobs (June 2010) Victoria Bradshaw, California Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, announced at a press conference June 29 that the Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) received a $3.5 million grant for training in the green economy. [more]  

Allison on the Run (June 2010) Chabin principal Allison Larsen made her second appearance in the Pacific Crest Half-Marathon in Bend, Oregon, beating last year’s time by 46 minutes. Congratulations, Allison!  
Allison Larsen
Geography of Solar Energy (June 2010) Don Schjeldahl explains how the supply chain will drive solar industry locations in this article from Solar Industry magazine. [PDF 248k]
Chico Launches Website (April 2010) The City of Chico has launched its new economic development site. [more]
Chico economic development website
Douglas County to Update Target Industries (April 2010)  The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County, Oregon, has hired Chabin Concepts to refine their industry targets and update their strategic plan. [more]    
MANEX Presentations Available (April 2010) MANEX presentations on the future of manufacturing and lean and green manufacturing are available to download. [more]  
Grenada Launches Website (November 2009) Congratulations to Grenada County EDD in Mississippi for launching their website, grenadameansbusiness.com. The site was created and designed by EDsuite in consultation with Chabin Concepts.
Grenada website
In the News: Colusa County (October 2009) A planning session led by Chabin principals, Vicki Doll and Allison Larsen, Oct. 8 in Williams, California, generated local participation and honest feedback about Colusa County’s strengths and weaknesses. [Colusa County Sun-Herald]
Mid-Michigan Attracts Attention of Solar Company (October 2009) Chabin client, Mid-Michigan, may soon welcome Georgia-based Suniva Inc. to its proposed 235-acre renewable energy park. [Saginaw News]
Chabin's Oldest Client Becomes its Newest (August 2009) When Audrey Taylor founded Chabin Concepts in 1989, the City of Oroville was her first client. Twenty years later, Chabin is once again working on behalf of this Northern California city. [more]
Rio South Texas Marketing (August 2009) Rio South Texas has agreed on the motto and concepts developed by the Chabin Team. [see Rio Grande Guardian story archives]
Chabin Wins 2 of 5 EZs (August 2009) Sacramento and Tulare County were two of the five conditionally designated California Enterprise Zones announced by the California Dept. of Housing and Community Development on August 19. [more]  
Bowling Green Named #1 Chamber (August 2009) Congratulations to Chabin client, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, named #1 in the nation by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in July. Bowling Green was honored for its regional business services as well as economic development activities for South Central Kentucky. [see Chamber news release]
Frisco Updates Economic Development Strategy (July 2009) Chabin Concepts and Austin Consulting will prepare a comprehensive economic development strategic plan for Frisco, Texas. [more]
Quad City Commissions Chabin Concepts and Austin Consulting for Logistics Industry Study Project (May 2009) Chabin Concepts has been selected by the Quad City Development Group (QCDG) of Iowa and Illinois to prepare a Logistics Industry Study. [more]
Economic Roadmap Defies Unstable Economy (May 2009) The City of Galt has begun implementing a 4-point Economic Development Roadmap prepared by Chabin Concepts and is making remarkable economic progress despite rough economic time. [more]
Placer County Teams With Chabin To Implement Strategic Economic Development  Roadmap (March 2009) Placer County has selected Chabin Concepts and Applied Economics to execute its proven 5-step process for conducting economic development strategy. [more]
Rio South Texas Launches A Regional Approach to Economic Development (March 2009) The Rio South Texas Economic Council recently launched a regional approach to economic development by hiring Chabin Concepts, Austin Consulting, and Applied Economics as its economic marketing team. [more]
Taylor Invited to Serve as a Member of the California Green Collar Jobs Council (February 2009) Audrey Taylor, president and CEO of Chabin Concepts, has been appointed to serve as a member of the California Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC). Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Green Collar Jobs Act into law on Sept. 26, 2008. [more]
Grenada Project' Targets Economic Development Needs (February 2009) A plan has been put into place to improve Grenada's economic development. [more]
Chabin to Oversee Northern California Renewable Energy Initiative (February 2009) Chabin Concepts has been retained by the Northern California Regional Competitiveness Network WIRED program to facilitate the next steps in promoting renewable energy investment in Northern California. [more]
Venture Communities Connects Entrepreneurs to Investors (January 2009) Chabin recently completed implementation guidelines for Venture Communities, an entrepreneur development program for communities and regions. [more]
Yuma County Hires Chabin for Targeted Marketing Strategy (January 2009 ) Chabin Concepts will help Greater Yuma EDC position itself more competitively to the solar, logistics and aerospace industries. [more]
Porterville Launches Website (January 2009 ) A new online information source, www.chooseporterville.com, is now available for businesses looking to locate or expand in Porterville, California. [more]
Taylor Shares Opinions with Transition Team (Jan 2009) Chabin president Audrey Taylor participated in a conference call with members of the Obama transition team, offering ideas to improve the economy. Chief among Taylor’s suggestions were an update of industrial revenue bonds and support of clean technology development.
[read Chico ER article]
Larsen Completes EDI Program (December 2008) Allison Larsen, Chabin principal, became a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) on December 11, 2008 at the OU/EDI session held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read more about Larsen's OU/EDI program.
Grenada County, Mississippi competing in world of economic development (October 2008) Chabin Concepts, Austin Consulting and Applied Economics have partnered to design a roadmap and tools to help Grenada County be successful in its quest for new businesses and its support of local businesses. 
Read more about Grenada County
TeamCalifornia Going to Solar Power International 2008 (October 2008) TeamCalifornia is going to the Solar Power International 2008 conference, Oct. 13-16 in San Diego, Calif.  Audrey Taylor, Chabin president, serves as the marketing chair for TeamCalifornia. Taylor said California is the leading state on “going green” technologically and so this event hopes to connect California communities with companies. Read more about TeamCalifornia going to the conference.
Logan County Hires Chabin (September 2008) Logan County, Ohio, has hired Chabin Concepts, Austin Consulting and Applied Economics to create an economic development roadmap that reduces the county’s local dependence on the auto industry. Read more about the Logan County Economic Diversification Plan.
Presenting Website User's Study at OEDA Conference (September 2008) Chabin principal, Allison Larsen and Michelle Comerford of Austin Consulting will present the results of the 2008 Website User Study at the annual Oregon Economic Development Association Conference held in Silverton, Ore., Oct. 5-7.

The presentation will include the exploration of issues such as technology adaptation, attitudes toward special functions such as GIS mapping and videos and how the audience uses the date they find on website.

Read more about the Economic Development Website User Study.
Audrey Taylor Keynotes Governor's Conference (April 2008) Chabin president Audrey Taylor delivered the keynote address at the South Dakota Governors Economic Development Conference, April 8. New and Innovative Ideas for Economic Development was the theme for the two-day event in Pierre, South Dakota.

Taylor addressed new and traditional challenges in responding to a site location request. With real world examples, she described how to respond competitively with little time or money.

Marketing Challenges: How You Can Overcome Them was the topic of her second presentation. She talked about global shifts affecting economic development marketing and presented a variety of methods to fine-tune the marketing tactics. [Download Marketing Challenges presentation (PDF, 768 KB)]
Galt Website Complete (January 2008) Chabin Concepts and EDsuite have completed an economic development website for the City of Galt, California. The website was built on EDsuite's low-cost template for cities, and the community profile features Chabin's Custom Tables. Visit the website at galtbusiness.com.
SSLC Market Analysis Complete (January 2008) The Chabin Team has completed a market analysis for South Sound Logistics Center (SSLC), in Washington. The main objective of the market analysis was to identify potential industries for SSLC and to calculate the corresponding financial impact of establishing a logistics center in the South Sound region of Washington State. [more]
IEDC Marketing Presentation (November 2007) Chabin president, Audrey Taylor, joined Kate McEnroe (Kate McEnroe Consulting), Anatalio Ubalde (GIS Planning) and John Reid (State of Oklahoma), Nov. 14-15, as faculty for the IEDC Marketing Course hosted by the Greater Oklahoma Partnership. Thanks Oklahoma  great session with all attendees. [Download Marketing Plan: Measuring Success (PDF, 920kb), and Internal Marketing (PDF, 496kb)]
CAEZ Marketing Presentation (October 2007) Audrey Taylor's presentation to the California Association of Enterprise Zones, "Marketing in a Crowded Market," is now available. Learn about old and new realities of business attraction, target portfolios, and see examples of successful marketing tools. [Download CAEZ Marketing Presentation (PDF, 1.7MB)]
Victor Valley Receives Area Development Nod (August 2007) Area Developments June/July cover story, "Retooled Websites" lauds Victor Valley's regional approach to business attraction.
Bowling Green Hires Chabin for Marketing Strategy. (August 2007) Chabin Concepts is preparing a marketing roadmap for South Central Kentucky under a contract with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Chabin principal, Allison Larsen, said the project will focus on promoting the Kentucky Transpark. Ultimately, Chabin will develop a full implementation guide, including recommended tools and collateral, key messages, tactics, schedule, and launch plan. Larsen said this supplements the impressive efforts already undertaken by the Bowling Green Area Chamber.
Marketing Roadmap for Northern Colorado. (August 2007) Audrey Taylor and Allison Larsen spent several days in Northern Colorado gathering information to develop a marketing roadmap for the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation. The strategy will chart a step-by-step approach for marketing the region, from messaging through scheduling.
Victor Valley wins Grand Prize. (May 2007 ) Victor Valley, California, was the Grand Prize winner in the California Association for Economic Development (CALED) awards announced May 2, 2007. Victor Valley won in the Economic Development Promotions Category for the marketing campaign and tools created by Chabin Concepts. [more]
Expansion Management Hosts Food Industry Conference. (April 2007) Great networking opportunities with real prospects at Expansion Management's new roundtable series, "Expansion Solutions: Building the Food Plants of the Future," in Dallas, May 14-17. [more]
Economic Development Salaries. (March 2007 ) Chabin Concepts conducted a survey of California economic development professionals to determine the average salary and compensation. In addition, we asked the respondents to gauge their communities' current and future economic status. [download report (PDF, 529k)]
Enterprise Zone Applications Win. (Nov. 2006 ) Congratulations to Shasta Metro, San Jose, and Eureka--all three California Enterprise Zone applications ranked in the top 10! [more]
Enterprise Zones. (Sept. 2006 ) Chabin assisted three communities with California Enterprise Zone applications this summerthats 12 inches on a bookshelf! [more]
EDsuite Award. (July 2006) Our EDsuite User Guide for Chabin Clients won an Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the Hardware & Software Manuals category. "This is an example of the way Chabin adds value to the tools we offer," said Chabin president, Audrey Taylor. "We don't just sell EDsuite--we show our clients how to use it and assist them with content development."
Web Tools. (April 2006) Audrey Taylor, Chabin president, described some useful web tools at the California Association for Economic Development annual conference. [Download web tools presentation (PDF, 1.9 MB).]
TeamCalifornia. (April 2006) Chabin and EDsuite proposed a new website for TeamCalifornia. See our presentation at www.teamcapresents.com.
Chabin Relocates. (April 2006) We have just completed our most challenging relocation project ever--our own! Our new address is 2515 Ceanothus Ave., Suite 100, Chico, CA 95973. Our phone number and our Washington address remain the same.
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