Building Communities Releases Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan for Upper Moenkopi Village on Hopi Tribal Land

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Building Communities President and economic development expert Brian Cole delivered a draft of the economic development strategic plan in October for the Upper Moenkopi Village on Hopi land in Arizona. The plan calls for the implementation of eight distinct strategies to create jobs and improve the quality of live for the Hopi people.

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I firmly believe that the stage is set for better days ahead in creating jobs while respecting the amazing culture and history of the Hopi people.

Building Communities, an economic development and strategic planning firm, has delivered a draft of the economic development strategic plan for the Upper Moenkopi Village, Hopi land most proximate to the Grand Canyon. The strategic plan calls for the implementation of eight strategies to create jobs and improve the overall quality of life for the Hopi people.

The strategies were selected after a local Steering Committee conducted Plan Week, a structured process to consider the area’s key economic development success factors and to listen to the local public on their ideas for community and economic development.

Four of the strategies are focused upon tourism, while the other strategies emphasize energy, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and funding for development.

The Hopi Tribe and the Moenkopi Developers Corporation (MDC) have a clear vision for their future at the Upper Village of Moenkopi. Based upon the successful development of the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites as well as the adjacent Tuuvi Travel Center and Denny’s Restaurant, the stage is set for a new era of development and prosperity for the Hopi Tribe.

Located near the Grand Canyon National Park, the Upper Village of Moenkopi seeks to preserve their custom and culture, while creating a better economy for current and future generations of Hopi citizens.

The strategic planning process—and resulting plan—is having a catalytic effect on the leadership of the area. Not only does this strategic plan endorse the existing master plan for the development at Moenkopi, but it serves to connect the vision and dreams of the people to the resources necessary in order to fully implement this strategic vision.

“This has been a most impressive effort by the Moenkopi Developers Corporation and the people at the Upper Village of Moenkopi,” says Brian Cole, President of Building Communities. “I firmly believe that the stage is set for better days ahead in creating jobs while respecting the amazing culture and history of the Hopi people.”

The report states that “proximity to America’s second most well-attended National Park (the Grand Canyon), combined with the development of The Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites (and new Denny’s restaurant and Tuuvi Travel Center) creates a ‘game changing’ possibility for the creation of jobs on the Hopi reservation.”

The report continues: “For centuries, the Hopi Tribe has developed and displayed true authenticity in all aspects of life including food, dance, spirituality, art, performing art, and other aspects of culture. Travelers seeking to experience this authentic culture now benefit from the availability of first-rate lodging and meeting facilities. The build-out of the development plan for the Upper Village will further offer a venue for the celebration of cultural tourism.”

The planning process also considered the Livability Principles as advanced by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (the Office within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that has funded the planning effort). The strategic plan notes that the objectives of the federally-defined sustainability efforts are very consistent with the regional sustainability planning needs and aspirations of the Hopi Tribe.

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 expert Brian Cole, brings 25 years of experience in planning and implementing successful projects, initiatives, and strategies. Find out more at the Building Communities website or read the blog.

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 Building Communities, an economic development and strategic planning firm, has delivered a draft of the economic development strategic plan for the Upper Moenkopi Village, Hopi land most proximate to the Grand Canyon. The strategic plan calls for the implementation of eight strategies to create jobs and improve the overall quality of life for the Hopi people.

The strategies were selected after a local Steering Committee conducted Plan Week, a structured process to consider the area’s key economic development success factors and to listen to the local public on their ideas for community and economic development.

Four of the strategies are focused upon tourism, while the other strategies emphasize energy, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and funding for development.

The Hopi Tribe and the Moenkopi Developers Corporation (MDC) have a clear vision for their future at the Upper Village of Moenkopi. Based upon the successful development of the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites as well as the adjacent Tuuvi Travel Center and Denny’s Restaurant, the stage is set for a new era of development and prosperity for the Hopi Tribe.

Located near the Grand Canyon National Park, the Upper Village of Moenkopi seeks to preserve their custom and culture, while creating a better economy for current and future generations of Hopi citizens.

The strategic planning process—and resulting plan—is having a catalytic effect on the leadership of the area. Not only does this strategic plan endorse the existing master plan for the development at Moenkopi, but it serves to connect the vision and dreams of the people to the resources necessary in order to fully implement this strategic vision.

“This has been a most impressive effort by the Moenkopi Developers Corporation and the people at the Upper Village of Moenkopi,” says Brian Cole, President of Building Communities. “I firmly believe that the stage is set for better days ahead in creating jobs while respecting the amazing culture and history of the Hopi people.”

The report states that “proximity to America’s second most well-attended National Park (the Grand Canyon), combined with the development of The Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites (and new Denny’s restaurant and Tuuvi Travel Center) creates a ‘game changing’ possibility for the creation of jobs on the Hopi reservation.”

The report continues: “For centuries, the Hopi Tribe has developed and displayed true authenticity in all aspects of life including food, dance, spirituality, art, performing art, and other aspects of culture. Travelers seeking to experience this authentic culture now benefit from the availability of first-rate lodging and meeting facilities. The build-out of the development plan for the Upper Village will further offer a venue for the celebration of cultural tourism.”

The planning process also considered the Livability Principles as advanced by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (the Office within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that has funded the planning effort). The strategic plan notes that the objectives of the federally-defined sustainability efforts are very consistent with the regional sustainability planning needs and aspirations of the Hopi Tribe.

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 expert Brian Cole, brings 25 years of experience in planning and implementing successful projects, initiatives, and strategies. Find out more at the Building Communities website or read the blog.

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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