Economic development is hard, long-term work. To be successful, communities must be ready to launch a new initiative. We define community readiness as having the understanding, capacity and commitment to engage in entrepreneur-focused development. 

Our collection of Community Readiness resources can help you assess your community's readiness for entrepreneur-focused economic development.

To get started, download the following resources:

10 Keys to Economic Success booklet

Recorded webinar on understanding your community's opportunities and assets

Community Readiness for Systemic Change, by Milan Wall, Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Asset mapping tool and worksheet

Ines Polonius, Center board member and CEO of Communities Unlimited, lists the types of leaders needed to begin building an entrepreneurial community in this short video. Join our YouTube channel after watching to get our newest videos!


For resources referenced in our book:

Entrepreneurial asset mapping tool (p. 49)

Entrepreneurial resource worksheet (p. 49)



The full Community Readiness package includes: