Uncovering Local Assets: . The Foundation for Building Stronger Communities. Overview of Presentation. Needs assessment: key element of identifying local issues Focusing on local skills and talents Mobilizing the leadership potential of the community. Understanding Needs.
The Foundation for
What Should Be?
“Gap Between A & B”
People and Communities
have deficiencies & needs
skills and talents
Help create new local businesses
Develop human resources
Free-up potentially productive space
Initiate local investment strategies (endowments, fundraising, micro-loan programs)
Mobilize external resourcesAn Example . . . How Institutions Can Help Build Their Community
An Asset-Based Approach for Broadening Citizen Engagement in Community Improvement Activities
Lionel J. (Bo) Beaulieu
Southern Rural Development Center
Mississippi State University