The Business Case for Community Sustainability. Panel #1 Don Schjeldahl - Facilitator October 23, 2014. What is sustainability? Why d oes it matter?. It is not uncommon that the mention of “Sustainability " and “Planning“ stir emotions. Today’s objective:
It is not uncommon that the mention of “Sustainability" and “Planning“
Find common language for building
a better community.
Business is apolitical. They’re just wanting for a way to prosper.
The evolution of “business-best-practices” is reflected in the places businesses operate.
Change is constant.
No organization that stands still prospers.
With change comes new opportunities for development that have different needs.
Sustainable Communities Follow a Plan:
Corporations are more likely to succeed in communities that offer a predictable and adaptable operating environment.
Buick City – Flint, MI
“To be competitive in the era of sustainability, economic developers need to pursue highly collaborative, multi-disciplined, and multi-jurisdictional approaches to community readiness.”
Business and Community Converge on the Triple-Bottom-Line
Effective Investment Attraction is a Team Sport
Risk and Crisis
Talent Attraction and Retention