Peggy Saunkeah's weekly shout out to individuals, companies, and organizations working to enhance Ada and our economic development efforts.
Saunkeah Shout OUT this week is for Molly Pyle, Head of Entrepreneurship, and Rose Vieland, Entrepreneurship Programs Specialist, with Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc.
The Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI) supports rural communities as they develop and grow strong entrepreneurial ecosystems, which support tech startups in rural America. Through RISI's work with rural communities across the country, they have helped their partners raise more than $10M in capital from both local sources and federal grants. Working with RISI’s associated organization, the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), the Ada Jobs Foundation is proud to be a member of the Rural Innovation Network, a group of 28 rural communities throughout the United States.
Ada Jobs Foundation hosted several events this week with AJF staff, community partners, and the RISI team, including a site tour and the incubator feasibility workshop. These sessions at the Ada Jobs Foundation offices focused on identifying under-developed and at-risk elements for startups in Ada, mapping our strategic partners, creating a shared vision statement for the incubator, and identifying early "wins" towards our vision.
It was a very productive week with great input from our community partners. We always welcome a visit from our RISI partners, especially Rose and Molly!