Planning to Plan

Strategic planning can be a critical process to those employed in economic development. If executed properly, strategic plans can provide communities with the blueprint to get things done. In 2011, we embarked on another round of planning that helped us produce a few results that we’re happy to see come to fruition later in the year. A few of those projects included the successful development of (set to launch in February), a completed new housing development and a re-energized Valley County Community Foundation. We worked with a number of local businesses to make 2011 the best year yet for the sales tax program for economic development. And we saw quite a few changes in downtown Ord.

These efforts are part of parcel of what we do at Valley County Economic Development and the Ord Area Chamber every day. Many of them take a great deal of time and energy to deploy; some happen as if by serendipity.

Nonetheless, as we enter into our next strategic action planning effort on Wednesday, we want to ask you: what do you want to see happen in Valley County? Are you willing to help us get there?

Offer your thoughts in the comments section and we’ll incorporate those with our board surveys on Wednesday. Here’s to another great year in 2012!

~ Caleb

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