Brian Cole of Building Communities Says Politicians Only Focus on Half the Battle

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With the nation increasingly focused on the Presidential election, 25-year economic development expert Brian Cole says that the national debate is missing half the story. Creating jobs is more than simply adjusting federal tax policy.

We all know that politicians do not create jobs, businesses do—and businesses need local communities to support their efforts

The national dialogue about stimulus funding, tax freezes, and 9/9/9 Plans is missing half the story according to economic development expert Brian Cole, President of Building Communities, an economic development strategic planning company that works in rural America to help communities create jobs and improve their overall quality of life.

“Federal taxes and spending does have a big impact on our nation’s economic condition,” says Brian Cole. “But all of this debate is only half the story. We all know that politicians do not create jobs, businesses do—and businesses need local communities to support their efforts.”

Brian Cole has developed a local economic development strategic planning methodology that only deals with the facts—not all of the loud voices trying to push their own agendas. Cole asserts that there are 85 key success factors that cities and counties must pay attention to in order to devise their strategic approach to creating jobs.

“Either communities will take an objective approach to economic development and succeed,” says Cole. “Or they will listen to the loudest voices, not make strategic decisions, and contribute to our continued national recession.”

Cole emphasizes that federal tax policy needs to be efficient and local communities need to be effective in order to create jobs—and to lower the federal deficit.

“How often have you heard a solid analysis about the specific effect of raising or lowering tax rates on overall revenue to the federal government?” asks Cole. “Never,” he asserts. Cole emphasizes that if the goal is balancing the federal budget, then the tax policy should be efficient. “Efficiency means that it is not too low to miss revenue opportunities, and not too high to restrict growth.”

But the real missed opportunity in America, according to Cole, is that communities are not effective. “Economic development effectiveness means that communities should advance economic development strategic plans that are specifically tailored to their strengths, opportunities, and capacity levels,” says economic development expert Cole.

Cole’s firm, Building Communities, advances an entirely new approach to economic development strategic planning. The 85 key success factors are all weighed and then factored into the potential selection of 25 strategies that communities can select to support economic development.

“Economic development is not one size fits all,” emphasizes Cole. “Every community must take this objective approach, or risk putting their eggs in the wrong basket.”

Building Communities also offers a longer-term regional sustainability planning approach that considers even broader goals than job creation and quality of life considerations. The new approach and philosophy to addressing America’s economic recession can be found at http://www.BuildingCommunities.us.

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.

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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