“Business is a human organization, made or broken by the quality of its people.”
Economic development is accelerated when people—both leaders and followers—collaborate, decide and act. On the flip side, stalled collaboration causes delays in decisions and actions and, ultimately, hinders a community’s economic development.
While there are many complexities that drive the economy, I believe more each day that great things happen when key community actors are aligned and motivated to act.
On the surface, it is easy to keep score about who is currently winning and losing in economic development. But it is more difficult to determine why. Most, if not every time, it comes down to a small group of people and organizations that are unusually aligned and motivated to collaborate and act. Sometimes there are unique leaders that drive this activity, but make no mistake, individuals cannot succeed alone.
The question is whether your community is laying the groundwork for success and investing in people and organizations that will lead to future gains?