Are you considering a survey to gauge your constituents’ or clientele’s perspectives or priorities? If so, there are a number of ‘rules of the road’ and other issues you’ll need to work through. This brief overview provides you with a look at some of the considerations you will want to incorporate into your next survey effort.
At this time of year when many hold dear the traditions of expressing gratitude for gifts received, and reciprocating with gifts to others, I am left thinking about the universality, across many faiths, of values embedded in these traditions.
Collaboration works when individuals representing various groups or agencies enjoy and trust working with each other. This trust does not occur overnight. It develops over time, perhaps working on a small project together and then increasing goals for a bigger project the next time
I guess it was the combination of a recent presentation by my colleague Liesel Dreisbach, as well as the Thanksgiving Season being upon us that reminded me of the importance of thanking those that serve in volunteer positions in the community.
As a citizen of a community, do you understand what your local governments provide you, and where they spend the money from the taxes that they collect from you? Citizens have grown increasingly apathetic towards government, and non-trusting of local officials, because they might not understand how the money is spent.
Is your community thinking about more jobs, more business, revitalizing your downtown? What’s your role in making that happen? Here’s one option: run for local government office.
Start a community conversation about potential economic development with a community FaceBook page or another social media format.
Do you own or run a small business? Do the changes and news reports about the impact of the 2010 Affordable Care Act have you wondering what it all means for your business? If so, you are not alone.
Community jewels come in many forms. They are precious. Have you hidden yours?
I have heard it said that there are three types of people in the world: Those who can tell you what is going to happen before it happens, those that can explain what is happening while it’s happening, and those who must ask, “What just happened?!”
In today's world of instant access to many types and variations of information, we need to carefully consider its use, relevancy and application.
You hear Economic Development organizations, governments and chambers of commerce touting that a community needs to improve their community's economic growth in order to have a viable community. However, what is Economic Growth?
The more the merrier when it comes to creating a vision for your downtown.
As leaders we are constantly assessing our performance. Setting goals, mapping out objectives, bringing people together, building a resource base are activities that go with the job, but the question remains…are we progressive? As the leader, are we keeping our organization moving in a positive direction. Are there better ways to approach success?
Over the years, during my work in community and economic development, I’ve been continually reminded of the role "values" can play. These come from various levels, including individual, organizational, and community.
The more people are involved in supporting the mission of an organization or the vision of a community, the stronger that community is. Volunteers learn about non-profit and municipal services through volunteering. They practice leadership skills. They get things done.
Too often, community organizations view each other as competitors for funding, clients, media attention and other resources. But it doesn’t have to be a tug-of-war.
When engaging in the development strategy of place-making, often arts are engaged. Can you think of other tools, disciplines, or your own individual interests that could work?
Do you have an idea for business? Have you tried to develop that idea? Many more businesses fail than succeed. In fact, the statistics show that about 75% of first time business start-ups don’t succeed.
In some places entrepreneurial growth abounds. Economic incubators and a creative or innovating culture help support new entrepreneurs.