What economic gains rural America has seen in recent years has been reliant on downward-trending costs of capital through labor productivity, innovation, and historically low interest rates. Going forward, economic growth will increasingly be reliant on people and businesses taking advantage of labor, innovation, and capital flow opportunities in an increasingly integrated world economy. Expanding rural broadband capacities is crucial to the local velocity of that flow of capital and building wealth. Take a peek at a new book on this topic that kas was a contributing editor for at https://www.amazon.com/Velocity-Economics-Real-American-Economy-ebook/dp/B07LDHZWLM.
The popular notion is that rural America doesn't innovate, take risks, or provide opportunities at the level of urban centers. Our interview with Insights on Business shows how these can be interconnected to produce results when goals are aligned. And when a community invests both its capital and time to implement the activities needed to both create and integrate their own local ecosystems.
KCCI in Des Moines featured how Kielkopf Advisory Services and SmartSource Consulting collaborate to solve communitywide issues on a story highlighting the need for additional rural broadband options. The BroadbandBytes link to the Vinton, Iowa announcement below shows one example how we're doing that. Our role involves developing frameworks for public/partnerships and telecom launch strategies, as solving a broadband development issue is similar to launching tech business startups. Then we help communities leverage their data and media infrastructure investments in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurialism, and expanding their capital base.
kas is pleased to be providing administrative leadership for The Emerge Foundation and DNP123 Co. to launch their first joint venture, ExpresSeed LLC. This revolutionary new genetic detection platform, co-developed at Simpson College, is one of the world's least expensive mobile genetic detection platforms. The team also received state incentive funding for customer discovery, which is the next stage of development being led by kas. ExpresSeed is now actively seeking ag industry partners seeking to apply low-cost, portable, and cloud-enabled genetic marker detection in their R&D and supply chains. Their commercialization of both scientific and product innovation demonstrates how rural America can thrive given a supportive ecosystem. Which doesn't just happen on its own or as a random event.
Thanks to Clay & Milk and also Silicon Prairie News for covering the launch of The Emerge Foundation's operations. The liberal arts college experience is increasingly reliant on experiential learning opportunities. Developing a growing entrepreneurial program with enrolled value-creating ventures has been a challenge, but we're excited to be helping Simpson College lead the pack in its next phase.
“Friction is hard but it’s really productive. If you don’t have ability to be challenged, you shouldn’t start a company.”
Oftentimes, organizational value is not being maximized due to those with predominate poles not seeing the individual value derived from the perspective of the opposite pole. We teach this same concept in an EMERGE@Simpson College classroom model. Kielkopf Advisory Services also consults, using the same academic approach, to help teams leverage inherent strategic organizational development components. Facilitated workshops are designed to implement core functions that better manage how teams use competition, collaboration, controls, and creativity.
Nice summary by Curtis Dean about the status of Colorado communities exploring their broadband options. We collaborated to speak about the value of pre-feasibility work that provides key stakeholders insights and to then begin framing expectations, prior to committing to a complete feasibility study that frames future definitions of success.