Category Archive: Director’s Desk

Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) Director Kelly LarsonAn archive of columns written for the Lincoln-Sentinel newspaper, From the Desk of the Executive Director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF). Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) Director Kelly Larson is pictured below.  

Historic preservation is economic development

A key to being successful in economic development is figuring out what makes us unique and capitalizing on it. We live in a beautiful part of the state with one of our most noteworthy features being our limestone buildings, fence rows, and structures. These are huge assets for us we can use to grow our economy.

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An economic look back at 2016

A look back at this year’s economic activity in our little corner of the world.

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County needs daycare providers

First published in the Lincoln Sentinel, September 29, 2016 One thing abundantly clear is that we need more daycare providers in the county.  Our need seems to be reaching a critical level with stressors coming from two different directions.  One direction is from the decreased number of daycare options available.  In all of Lincoln County, …

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First Impressions

First published in the Lincoln Sentinel August 4, 2016 As the saying goes, ‘you only get one chance to make a first impression’ and that chance usually takes just a couple seconds and that impression usually lasts a very long time. Lincoln County has a lot of houses on the market right now, some of …

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Hometowns, homesteads and homecomings… Home.

First published in the Lincoln Sentinel June 2, 2016 Being that Memorial Day was a couple days ago and tis the season for school alumni reunions and community celebrations, many people will be reflecting on home.  Home towns, homesteads, homecomings… home. In some people’s minds, home hasn’t changed a bit.  In others’ minds, home is …

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LCEDF applies to become E-Community

The LCEDF is applying to become an E-Community, a highly competitive process, as its focus is to grow and support local entrepreneurs.

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Live Healthy Lincoln County coalition needs your feedback

(First published in the April 14, 2016, Lincoln Sentinel) Back in January there was an article in the newspaper about a new coalition, Live Healthy Lincoln County, forming to develop and implement projects geared towards improving the county’s overall health and wellness. From the beginning, I have been excited about this group.  Everyone is motived, …

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Are you eligible for development incentives?

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel on March 3, 2016 There are several different business and property development incentives that have been in the county for a number of years. Because they came along before I began working at the economic development foundation, I am unsure if these programs are common knowledge, buried deep in …

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Economic stats for 2015

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in December 31, 2015 With the end of another year comes another economic development ‘year-end review’ for the county. Last year I wrapped up the review with a quote from Thomas Edison, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I firmly …

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Utilizing the new countywide website

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in November, 2015 Over the past year, a small group of amazing and wonderful and I-can’t-sing-their-praises-enough volunteers have spent countless hours creating a new countywide website. And after all the hard work, the switch has been flipped and www.LiveLincolnCounty.com is finally here! Life just got a little easier for …

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Countywide strategic planning session – one year later

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in September, 2015 It’s been a year (almost) since the Countywide Strategic Planning Session was held to develop priorities for the future of the county so I thought this would be a good time to do a quick update on some progress. 1) Recruit a veterinarian to the county …

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Going against others ‘better judgement’

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in July, 2015 I have a story. It’s a good story. It’s the kind of story locals like to hear but for some reason are rarely told. But it’s also the kind of story that frequently goes against our better judgement and often times proves us wrong. It’s not …

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Opportunity awaits for you here

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in May 2015 As I looked through the recent Class of 2015 section of the Lincoln Sentinel and read each graduate’s future plans, I couldn’t help but think about the amazing amount of opportunity that lies in front of each one of them. I don’t just mean the abstract …

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Recruiting a veterinarian

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in January, 2015 As some of you may have heard, the LCEDF is looking into recruiting a veterinarian to Lincoln County, one of the top goals identified during the Countywide Strategic Planning session held this past fall. A large group, ranging from cattlemen to pet owners, has met to …

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Economic stats for 2014

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in December, 2014 Being that it’s the end of the year and I’ve just surpassed my 6-month anniversary on the job (how did that happen so fast?!), I had the very un-original idea of doing a ‘year-end review’ on economic development in the county. Over the past few years …

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Countywide priorities set for the coming year

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in November, 2014 There is a joke among the many economic development and community development directors out there about their title and job description. The joke is something like this: “What is your title? Executive Director. And what is your job description? Herd cats all day.” Although this is …

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What about Bob

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in October, 2014 Have you ever seen the movie “What About Bob?” If you have, then you’re bound to be wondering how the heck that movie could relate to economic development. It’s a silly movie with the plot being (according to Wikipedia) “Bob Wiley (played by Bill Murray) is …

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Countywide strategic planning meeting to gather public input

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in September, 2014 On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) will be hosting a Countywide Strategic Planning Session, from 6-9pm, at the Lincoln High School commons area to gather information, ideas, and feedback from the citizens on how best to improve our county. I …

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Being open to new ideas

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in August, 2014 I moved to Lincoln in June to begin a new life and career as the Executive Director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) and thought it might be time to write an article for the newspaper and give you a few thoughts on economic …

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