Why support a community calendar? Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) support comes in many different forms. Developing and helping a community support a community calendar is part of that process.
Many BRE activities provide direct and secondary support to our communities, others impact our quality of life. Let’s explore this a little bit. BRE functions can be categorized into three major areas:
Under each of these categories, there are several activities that can be employed that help improve the ability of a community to compete for needed resources. Our communities compete against other small communities in a number of arenas, such as for transportation providers (airport service, road maintenance funds, etc.) and medical services (facilities, workforce, tools, and scarce skills).
One of the first place economic developers start is by identifying and building common ground, developing core understandings, relationships, and facilitating communication. For instance, it is possible to bring a group of people concerned about housing together in a room and each has their own particular interest. Some might be focused on low income, senior and assisted, transitional, workforce, governmental processes, and financing.
How to bring this all together? It is not easy, but can become easier as participants develop trust, learn from each other, and create a shared vision. It won't happen in one meeting. A community calendar can be used for reminding members of the meeting date and inviting new voices to the table.
At the South Coast Development Council, we work to get involved and assist with many of these types of issues based on the BRE economic principles, the needs of our customers, and the direction of our Council. Sponsoring communications in a community will help spark interaction opportunities, improve the cohesiveness of a community, support collaborative efforts by getting more people interested and involved, and create opportunities for achieving that grand shared vision of our future. Calendars are a great first step towards a bright future!
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