The Role of Education in Talent Attraction

“Education is now the #1 economic priority,” according to Don Gilman, CEO of Ignite College and Career Academy in Georgia. In the past, most economic development organizations focused their efforts on creating jobs and capital investment. Today, the pandemic’s “Great Resignation” coupled with the high level of Baby Boomers retiring has businesses struggling to fill […]

Funding DEI Initiatives in Your Community

As diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts take more of a front seat in economic development strategy and growth, we’re seeing communities benefit from these efforts and funders start to expect them when reviewing future plans. We have managed capital campaigns for EDOs and Chambers of different size and scope that have taken very different […]

Using Community Planning & Infrastructure Investment to Become More Competitive

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Meeting your community’s existing needs while laying the groundwork for its anticipated need is more critical than ever. Meanwhile, the concept of infrastructure is evolving. In addition to being functional, capital improvements now need to be aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. They must also be planned, executed, and publicized to make the community feel more connected. Strategic […]

Proving ROI in Funding Quality of Place Improvements

Picture of an attractive downtown building with improvements from a capital campaign

Proving ROI for quality of place improvements typically centers around job creation and talent attraction. Economic development organizations understand that if their community does not have the workforce, they will likely not attract new companies to their area or see expansions in their local industries. A community’s quality of life and quality of place quite […]

Is Your School Ready for a Capital Campaign?

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Walking before you run, reading over your notes before the big exam, pouring the foundation before the main structure–these all seem like obvious steps in achieving a goal. Yet, in my career as Head of School at several institutions over the past 30 years, I have seen numerous schools fall short of their capital campaign […]

Turn Your Downtown Into a Destination Residents Want to Visit

Turning your downtown into a destination is a strategy that can help retain current residents and attract new ones. “We see rural communities struggle to retain their youth after graduation. Creating a thriving downtown area is one way to encourage them to stay. It creates a sense of place and community gathering spot they will […]