Author archive: csmith

Day 24:  What should my typical day look like?  You are about a month into the new job,  you have figured out who you should be collaborating with, meeting with, keeping happy, learning about and finding the coffee pot.  So a typical day was said tongue in cheek.  There really isn’t a typical day.   That’s…

Day 23:  What makes your community/region unique? When we develop a plan for our clients we spend a lot of time focusing on finding out what unique features they have.  Or at least some features that not every community has.  They can be simple things like located on a navigable river, interstate or lake.  A…

Day 22:  Do I go to trade shows?  I’m sorry I feel like I am jumping around on my days!  Going forward I am going to try to tie in the days better so there is a natural progression from day to day.  But, we economic developers never have the same day twice, so maybe…

Day 21:  How do I start a BR&E Program?  As suggested in prior days taking care of the business you already have is THE most important thing you can do.  I am sorry if I offend anyone with some of my comments, but I am really surprised when I come across an economic development organization…

Day 20:  What are some professional resources I should use?  Let me be clear, today’s blog will be self-promotion.  But a few of these contacts we are not partnered with at this time.  If you need organizational help, develop a strategic plan, marketing plan, we can help you with that. Property database system, LocationOne Information…

Day 19:  What resources can I turn to?  A great economic developer knows who can help them.  Both professionally and getting the job done.  Today I got to hear Michigan Governor Rick Snyder speak at the International Economic Development Conference.  He said a lot of things that made sense but I particularly liked his phrase,…

Day 18:  Do I need research?  The other day I was doing work for a client that had hired us to do an executive search for them.  One of the candidates asked me a question I had never been asked.  Does the organization have a researcher on staff?  Great question!  If you look at the…

Day 17:  What marketing materials do I need?  I could write a book about this topic.  I probably will discuss this point on many other days.  The questions we get asked a lot by our clients, is printed or not printed.  We say both.  We don’t say it because we are trying to be wishy…

Day 16: Leadership:  On Day 4 we talked about who should be on your board.  In my almost 30 years as an economic development professional I have to say what makes a community successful comes down to just one thing, leadership.  There is story after story where you hear about a community that 100 years…

Day 15:   What will draw the attention of a company?  Nothing.  Oops, did I just say that?  While our firm is a BIG believer in marketing your community, we don’t encourage our clients to use a shot gun approach.  You must target the industries you want as I discussed on Day 11.  Based on these…

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