Economic development pilot gets underway

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM.

“This all leads to the development of an action plan,” Dennis said. “Getting things on paper helps us get organized, but we are more interested in the actual doing of things than putting things on paper.”

To craft that plan, a major step is an inventory of community assets.

Those assets can be organizations, natural resources, individuals, historical, cultural or infrastructure, for examples.

By assessing a community’s strengths and crafting plans to tap those assets, organic and achievable economic goals can emerge, according to Competitive Florida’s mission statement.

“Are we putting our best foot forward in promoting those assets to the outside world?” asked Port St. Joe city manager Jim Anderson.

A significant aspect of the pilot project is the sharing of information.

Economic development and elected officials from the four communities will meet as a final part of the process, sharing experiences.

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