All Press Releases for January 22, 2018

Benton Economic Partnership Launches New Website to Highlight Area's Economic Assets

Benton Economic Partnership is excited to share the area's mix of urban and rural advantages through the website.

    BENTON COUNTY, MN, January 22, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The new Benton Economic Partnership website highlights its member investors and offers a picture of Benton County's economic assets for prospective businesses and workers. Visit to access the newly launched site.

Benton Economic Partnership is excited to share the area's mix of urban and rural advantages through the website. The organization believes "Benton County has been a closely held secret for far too long and needs to break out of its shell and tell the world why it's so great to be here."

"It was important for us to have a web presence that would allow us to highlight the economic assets embedded in Benton County," said Executive Director John Uphoff. "Benton Economic Partnership is entering its second year of operation and this project allows us to more effectively connect with our member investors and provides us an opportunity to promote their businesses as a sign of our community's collective support for economic development."

The online economic development portal brings business assistance resources together in a central, easy-to-navigate website. Users will find information about available property, business incentives, business climate and demographics as well as employment and education resources. The online tool will serve as an entry point for site selectors, businesses and new residents who are considering locating in Benton County.

To create and design the online portal, Benton Economic Partnership selected the national economic development communications firm Golden Shovel Agency. Recognized for its award winning design and expertise in business and workforce attraction, Golden Shovel Agency created a visually-rich website that effectively tells Benton County's narrative.

"Our team was thrilled to work with the Benton Economic Partnership on this project. We were excited to be able to highlight the area's many strengths," remarked Aaron Brossoit, CEO of Golden Shovel. "Benton County is a gem in the heart of Minnesota. We look forward to continuing this partnership and helping promote its success."

Visitors can view Benton County's site selection assets, workforce development and business incentives at

"We're hoping to use the website as a starting point and deploy new ways to attract businesses and people to our region," said Uphoff. "We recognize the structural workforce issues and think it is going to take a colossal effort to gain an edge when it comes to workforce and business development."

Benton Economic Partnership is a collaborative effort of businesses, cities and townships in Benton County, which is located in Central Minnesota. Benton County is unique in that it includes both the urban amenities of St. Cloud and the rural charm of towns like Foley. With nearby higher education institutions, a dependable workforce and easy access to major highways and a regional airport, the county is poised for growth.

GOLDEN SHOVEL AGENCY is a Minnesota-based Web full-service economic development firm specializing in workforce attraction for economic and community development. The Economic Gateway Web system includes an expandable and on-demand content management system (CMS) and a robust social media implementation strategy.

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