Let’s Look at New Strategies for Community Success
As the holidays approach, it’s a great time to look back at 2014 and assess our progress in building a stronger economy. It’s an even better time to plan ahead and think about strategies for the coming year that provide us with practical ways to revitalize our community. We can build on all the things we’re doing now and introduce some new ideas that will complement the development of our community’s assets.
First, let’s make sure we are bringing new voices into the community development process. We need people of all ages, in all walks of life to represent the many different groups in our community. And, by recruiting new volunteers to participate in local activities, we can prevent fatigue and burnout from too few trying to do too much.
While we need to tap into the enthusiasm and good ideas of our own residents, let’s not miss the chance to learn from surrounding communities. Many communities like ours have a wealth of local talent and skills. By partnering with communities in our region, we can tap into a new pool of resources and strengthen both the communities and the surrounding area.
We need leaders to help us shape the future, and those leaders must include present and future generations of decision-makers. Involving leaders of today and tomorrow ensures that our community will continue to move forward while maintaining a shared vision. This also avoids a gap in local leadership when the present decision-makers wish to step down.
Another strategy for success is identifying and building the economic engines that drive our community’s prosperity. We need to understand and encourage entrepreneurs, small businesses and other resources that create income for our community and its residents.
By focusing on our community’s assets, we can put the emphasis on the positive achievements and tools we have available to enhance our prosperity. These community assets are the foundation on which we can build a better future for people of all ages.