About First Stop Shop
The First Stop Shop (FSS) is an economic development resource housed within the Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA) and created by the Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) to assist the cities and townships of Scott County. Creation of the FSS is aimed at improving the ability of our communities to quickly respond to business requests and puts a new spin on how economic development has historically been handled within the county.
Some of the services offered include: comprehensive data collection and management, site selection assistance, customer service education and training, process improvement, research and marketing assistance, assistance with funding identification, and connections to an extensive network of resources.
Only in Scott County, the First Stop Shop erases borders between jurisdictions to provide the best service possible to those who are considering Scott County for their business' location.
The Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) was formed in the spring of 2003 to encourage greater efficiencies and leadership in public service through enhanced communication, collaboration of services, and sharing of resources. Members include elected and appointed officials from the cities, schools, and townships within Scott County, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and Scott County.
SCALE members meet monthly to discuss ways in which local governments can continue to maximize the value of taxpayers' money through cooperating in mutual service areas, such as public safety, parks and recreation, transportation, community development, and general government.
By building upon existing partnerships, the Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency is helping public officials fully realize the benefits of multijurisdictional cooperation and make the most of local government resources.
2017 EDI GRANT PROGRAM INFORMATION (For Scott County and Scott County Cities)
The Economic Development Incentive Grant Program (the “EDI Program”) was established in March of 2014 and is funded by the Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA). The goals of the EDI Program are to facilitate the creation of jobs, increase the tax base and improve the quality of life in Scott County through two specific strategies: Corridor Readiness and Technical Planning Assistance.
Corridor Readiness. This program is intended to assist communities in completing land use, transportation and environmental studies and contracted planning services that are intended to maximize development and/or redevelopment opportunities and the investment of capital within the top ten commercial corridors as established by the SCALE Transportation and Economic Development Committee.
Technical Assistance. This program is intended to provide funding for those projects that will enhance economic development activities with the goal of achieving new job creation in Scott County.