Where To Start?
The starting point to any economic development planning process is to take a close look at your community and answer the following questions:
- Where are we now?
- Where do we want to be?
- Why aren't we there now?
- What needs to be done to get us there?
- Who is going to get us there?
- When is it going to be done?
- How will we know when we get there?
With the answers to these questions in hand, you will be able to determine the focus of your economic development plan and identify which model will work best in your community.
This is an important decision: it will determine the kind of tasks you can set, defines the accountabilities, expectations and deliverables, legal authority and limitations of the organization to make decisions and act upon them, and the ability to work closely with all members of the community - political, business, non-profit, non-governmental and other organizations. This is a long-term decision, so take the time to research carefully.