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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective. IMEA Economic Development Seminar September 13, 2011. Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective. Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives Priorities Regional Attributes Competitive Advantage Implementation Plan.

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Imea economic development seminar september 13 2011

Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

IMEA Economic Development Seminar

September 13, 2011


Rural development a consultant s perspective
Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Strategic Plan

    • Goals and Objectives

    • Priorities

    • Regional Attributes

    • Competitive Advantage

    • Implementation Plan


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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Goals and Objectives

    • Identify and Interview Key Stakeholders

      • City and County Officials

      • Employers

      • Other Community Leaders

      • Developers

      • Legislators


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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Business Location Characteristics

    • Location

    • Population

    • Transportation

    • Utilities

    • Available Properties and Buildings

    • Incentives

    • Labor Availability and Quality


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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Priorities

    • Infrastructure

      • Highways

      • Rail

      • Air

      • Water and Sewer

    • Sites and Buildings

    • Labor Availability and Quality

    • Expansion and Retention


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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Regional Attributes

    • Schools

    • Retail/Commercial

    • Infrastructure

    • Labor

    • Specific Industries

    • Quality of Life

    • Cost of Living


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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Competitive Advantages

    • Costs

      • Taxes

      • Sites and Buildings – Low Cost

      • Utilities

    • Labor

      • Prepared and Available Workforce

    • Access

    • Incentives – TIF/Enterprise Zone


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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Implementation Plan

    • Economic Development Corporation

    • Executive Team

      • Attorney, Engineer, Banker, Developer, Utility

      • Planning Commission

      • Federal and State Agencies

      • Legislators

      • Schools

    • Funding


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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Implementation Plan (continued)

    • Retention Visits

    • Data Collection and Communication

    • Partnerships

    • Marketing Plan

    • Responding to RFI (Request for Information)

    • Roundtable Network Meetings


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Rural Development: A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Contact information

    Rita McDowall, President

    McDowall & Associates

    2509 Pebble Beach Drive

    Springfield, Illinois 62704

    Phone: 217.652.0368

    E-Mail: rita.mcdowall@comcast.net

  • Questions