We recently received this blog article from our friend Dean Barber, a site consultant and fellow economic development professional. In it, he addresses a crucial piece of the industry that must be considered. He points out that the most successful economic development organizations are the ones that regularly make the phone calls, do the mission trips, and attend conferences where they can be in regular contact with corporate executives, site consultants, and real estate brokers. Dean also notes that the economic development industry is a long game — one that sometimes takes years to yield results. Unfortunately, EDO leaders and elected officials sometimes get impatient, expecting results right now. You know how that works.
I encourage you to read Dean’s article and share it with your leadership. It’s an important read: