This is about answering 85 very important questions that will prioritize local strategies to create jobs and help to create an environment where local youth can return to their communities to find jobs.
Phoenix, Arizona (Vocus/PRWEB) April 14, 2011
Cities and counties across America now have a new method to create an economic development strategic plan to precisely determine the most effective way to create jobs and improve their local quality of life.
Up until now, communities would hold “community visioning sessions” with a group of local citizens. While communities would end up with a flowery vision statement, they would not then know what to do next.
Brian Cole, President of the Building Communities economic development strategic planning business, believes that communities should not start by creating vision statements.
“If you put 25 people in a room and ask them to write a vision statement for their community, it always ends up the same,” says Brian Cole, President of Building Communities and author of the new book Building Communities: 25 Strategies to Advance America.
Cole says that the vision statement always looks something like this:
“Our community will have a robust, diversified economy with an unparalleled quality of life allowing future generations to grow and prosper.”
“That statement plus $4 barely buys you a small latte these days,” says Brian Cole.
Cole says that communities need to get real about their assets, and they need to understand that they can take a very objective approach to determining what strategies can create local jobs.
“This is not about guessing or what feels right,” says Brian Cole. “This is about answering 85 very important questions that will absolutely prioritize local strategies to create jobs and help to create an environment where local youth can return to their communities to find jobs.”
Based upon his 25 years of economic development experience, Cole has created what he calls the Strategy Selector Tool—a battery of 85 questions that are all relevant to one or more of his 25 Building Communities Strategies. Informed community leaders score each of the 85 questions on a scale of ‘0’ to ‘4’ depending upon the relative comparative advantage the community enjoys with each particular factor.
From the Strategy Selector Tool, communities will receive a report which scores all 25 strategies on a scale of 0 - 100. The strategies range from business development to tourism development to community development to attracting jobs in specific industrial sectors.
Once a community determines its best chances for success, Brian Cole then helps communities by offering what he calls Essential Action Steps. Depending upon the top strategies selected, each community receives very specific instructions as to the steps that are needed to organize, plan, and execute a very successful future.
The action steps help to ensure that the plan “does not just sit on the shelf”. Brian Cole asserts that most plans do sit on the shelf because they are filled with boring statistics with little in the way of “who is going to do what by when”. Cole asserts that strategic plans must be about stimulating action, not just reading.
Brian Cole is currently leading 12 American communities through the strategic planning process, and exploring new programs with Universities in order to help communities throughout the nation.
“It is time for communities to take the guesswork out of setting their future,” says Brian Cole. Cole placed 20 new documents on his http://www.BuildingCommunties.us website to help communities in this process. “I offer this information for free to any caring individual that wants to put his or her time to good use helping their community.”
About Building Communities: Building Communities is an economic development strategic planning company assisting communities throughout the United States to envision and enact their future through unique, proprietary methods and software that expedites the ability of communities to select strategies that they can succeed with to create jobs and improve their overall quality of life. President, Author, and community and economic development specialist Brian Cole brings 25 years of experience in planning and implementing successful projects, initiatives, and strategies. Find out more at the Building Communities website http://www.BuildingCommunities.us.
About Brian Cole: Brian Cole has 25 years of experience in planning and implementing economic development projects, initiatives, and strategies as a local and state official, county commissioner, and as a private sector consultant and author. More on Brian can be found at http://www.buildingcommunities.us/brian-cole-economic-development-expert.html.
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