Community Development and Planning  register

Course Overview

Critical to the success of any economic development effort is a thorough and comprehensive strategic planning process. Economic developers must build consensus among board members, stakeholders and the community as a whole, creating a unified vision for the future. While ideal, getting everyone to agree is not always easy. Therefore, in this training participants will learn various techniques to build consensus among stakeholders who represent different values and interests. This training will also look at the steps that precede a strategic planning process, including identifying stakeholders and preparing an economic analysis. To ensure successful plan implementation, this course will also go over methods to set priorities and measure plan impact.

Course Objectives

  • Organize teams
  • Build consensus
  • Prepare an economic assessment
  • Determine goals and objectives
  • Identify projects
  • Formulate Strategy
  • Effectively Implement strategy
  • Set realistic benchmarks

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Planning
  • Organizing for Strategic Planning
  • Consensus Building/Stakeholder Ownership
  • Analysis for Strategic Planning
  • Techniques for Assessing Economic Data
  • Vision, Mission, Goals & Objectives
  • Strategic Project/Initiative Identification
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Evaluations/Monitoring/Benchmarking
  • Widening and deepening empowerment opportunities locally: improving the quality of public engagement in shaping and delivering local services
  • Improving outcomes and results at local level through different ways of working with communities
  • Developing active community ownership and potential models such as social enterprise and community entrepreneurialism
  • Using technology and new media to engage and empower communities
  • Evaluation: What success criteria to employ when reviewing community involvement and how to know if you’re on the right track?