City of Beach, North Dakota
The end result was the development of a comprehensive plan that laid out the community’s vision and aspirations, desired outcomes, and four strategic areas of focus. The plan has been embraced by the community and was publicly recognized by Governor Doug Burgum at the 2019 Main Street Summit.
In 2021, the City of Beach once again retained JM Strategies to build off the success of the strategic plan and assist the city in creating a new economic development structure.
Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC
JM Strategies developed and managed an extensive research process that engaged Chamber EDC members, staff, directors, and area business community members. JM Strategies facilitated a planning session of Chamber EDC board members and staff that identified strategic areas of focus, goals, and objectives based on the research findings. From this session, Chamber EDC staff and directors crafted a practical strategic plan for the organization that is guiding its work in serving its members and developing the region’s economy.
Wahpeton CDC and Breckenridge (MN) Port Authority
The findings from these sessions resulted in a number of recommendations from JM Strategies, chief among them that the two communities merge their economic development efforts.
As a result of this process, both communities took the initiative and created the Southern Valley Economic Development Authority (SVEDA), which brought together economic initiatives for the cities of Wahpeton and Breckenridge and Richland and Wilkin counties. JM Strategies work and findings were highlighted in a two-part series in the Wahpeton Daily News.
Lewis & Clark Development Group
North Dakota Association of Regional Councils
Tennessee State Library & Archives
North Dakota State Library
JM Strategies worked with NDSL’s executive management team in crafting a strategic plan in line with the agency’s new organizational model. The new plan is designed to empower decision-making at the divisional level, foster greater staff collaboration, and address long-neglected cultural challenges. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a major theme of the plan. “Fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all” is now one of NDSL’s new guiding principles ensuring all NDSL services, programming, and internal operations meet the needs of patrons from all backgrounds.
North Dakota Association of Counties & North Dakota Department of Human Services
“JM Strategies has been an integral part of the growth of our organization. We began using JM strategies to facilitate our strategic plan. Jason did an excellent job and now this plan is a document we actually use in decision- making and goal setting. From there we hired JM Strategies to oversee our marketing campaigns which include many major initiatives including rebranding the organization, overhauling our website, social media promotion, and marketing materials. Jason is always willing to take on the challenges we ask and has definitely moved the needle on our organization’s visibility, name recognition, and social media presence.”
Brent Ekstrom - Executive Director, Lewis & Clark Development Group
“We were confident the City of Beach was in good hands with JM Strategies facilitating our Strategic Plan and Economic Development & Assessment Evaluation. Jason’s approachable personality made it very easy for stakeholders to be fully engaged in the process. His experience in public relations, and ability to communicate effectively were critical aspects contributing to our successes.”
"Our local Community Development Corporation worked with JM Strategies on an extensive review of our economic development efforts. Jason made the process simple for participants and gave us findings that were comprehensive and easy to utilize. As a result, we completely overhauled our economic development structure and merged efforts with our neighboring community. I highly recommend JM Strategies."
Perry Miller – Richland County Commissioner and former Wahpeton (ND) City Council Member