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Collaborating Smart Growth to Rural Economic Development


Fact #1

Rural Growth is the key to a Great America

To collaboratively bring all partners and stakeholders together is the biggest key to success. The first phase should focus on building an economic development framework for the community, so selecting a focus area, plus defining the key context with everyone on the same page is the first move. Community values and priorities will be set through a review of existing plans and outreach to city leaders and major stakeholders. Promise House also will summarize existing economic development plans, programs, activities and participants. One of the key elements of this phase is creation of a decision-making guide, in the form of a collaboration tool kit.

Leaders who exercises power with honor will work from the inside out, starting with themselves. Blaine Lee

Fact #2

Shinning a Spotlight on Opportunities

Identify the economic development goals based on county opportunities and challenges. This is the second fact to the focuses phase. The evaluation of existing conditions and identified opportunities. It is important to identify and highlight relevant strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and community and business threats. Using an Asset Assessment approach we will seek to emphasize those options plus all opportunities that have the best chance of success. Education is always a good place to start. We use case studies to identify, evaluate successes and best practices from other communities with similar conditions, but with good success on the backend.

Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Change is a seed that can only be planted for economic growth, you can’t feed the man standing next to you with your seed in your hands, and you got to work the dirt. No man or woman can eat until you put the work in, help to heal each other’s wounds. Change is an action of faith that empower the economic body of us all by God’s Grace. Phillip Van Poole


Fact #3

Fear or Famine

Keeping everyone focus on the goal will the get fear of change out of thwe way, and if you do nothing, famine will show up. The third fact will set the economic development vision and goals. The vision and goals will be used to outline the preferred economic development program and major strategies. Outlining educational, business, and community programs phase will provide a road map, or action plan, for addressing the vision, goals, and strategies. The Economic Development Strategy Plan will be supported by a Potential Resources Guide and a rough cost estimate for key projects.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell

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