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Community Foundation Process

Basic understanding of the community’s development processes help form a strong foundation for creating and building a community. Training, Strategic Planning and Leadership Development must be done on a continuing basis as new talent engages in the community development process.

Introduction to Community Development

Community Development is a step-by-step process. Start with the Introduction to Community Development to identify your community’s stage and then plan which tools you will use next. Your community may need to start at the beginning or may be further along in the process. The community development tools are customizable so that each community can envision and achieve its own personality.

Community Assessment

Community assessments help identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that impact the community and influence its ability to reach its full potential. Community assessments are the first steps conducted prior to creating a comprehensive strategic development plan. The assessments provided are for economic and community development.

Strategic Planning for Local Development

The practical and easy to use documents in this module will assist community leaders and economic developers with crafting and implementing an effective strategic plan. A degree of flexibility has been incorporated into this process so that it can be used in a variety of local situations.

Building Leadership in The Local Community

This tool is not just for elected officials. The documents inside explore key questions about how to build leadership in communities. Topics include: Defining Leadership, Building Leadership for the Community, Recruiting Leaders, Growing Leaders and Resources on Leadership.