Resolving to Keep Our Community Growing
With the coming of the New Year many of us make some personal resolutions, like trimming the waistline and spending more time with family. This is also a great time to resolve to make our community even better. Our challenge is to make economic development work in our community, and once we realize that a successful future for all is the goal, we can concentrate on some simple strategies for prosperity.
1. Make the most of what we’ve got. Maximize our advantages, such as vacant buildings, good highway access, existing industry, excellent educational facilities, local craftspeople and retired military professionals. Let’s take the time to analyze our strengths and promote them.
2. Focus on what we do best. Value-added agriculture is still a solid bet in ag-oriented communities. This is a great example of building on an existing industry. We can encourage spin-offs and value-added components of our strongest local industries.
3. Don’t lose the business we’ve already got. The best strategy for long-term success in any community is to encourage the growth of existing business. Our current local companies are established and know the territory—let’s help them grow stronger.
4. Keep our population learning. Experts say that within the next decade, nearly everyone in the workforce will require retraining and retooling. What is our community doing to encourage personal and career growth right here, so that people can plan for their futures?
5. Make sure to get our cut of the pie. Research on state, federal and industrial incentives, grants and loans can yield resources for our community. We need to be aware of available resources for new or expanding business, and for community development.
6. Never give up! Economic development is NOT an overnight task and results require a commitment to the future. That means analyzing, planning, learning and staying the course.
By following these guidelines and recognizing the value and the effectiveness of an economic development policy, our community can look forward to the kind of growth that will definitely make it the best place to live and work.
A New Year’s Resolution:
Living Simply, So that Others May Simply Live.
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