chapter  21
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Creating Strategic Alliances for Growth

ByGerald L. Gordon

In an effort either to be all-inclusive or to give the appearance of being all-inclusive, municipalities often engage every possible element of the community in planning for economic growth. In planning for economic growth, there are two primary groups that need to have seats at the table. The first group of individuals who need to be involved are those who have relevant assets to offer in the subsequent growth activities. Other vital economic development assets in communities may not be profit-making businesses but organizations and institutions that also contribute to growth and stability. The first group of individuals who need to be involved are those who have relevant assets to offer in the subsequent growth activities. Once the plan has been accepted, there may be an opportunity to engage others in the implementation process. This may include those who promote the plan or who support the objectives of the plan by volunteering or by serving on various committees.