The goal of all economic development is prosperity.
Grown out of our pioneering work with HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC), we've developed a recipe for community prosperity that works, our Rural Community Prosperity Development Framework. This recipe consists of four essential ingredients that we've spent more than 40 years being informed by communities, practitioners, and researchers across North America. Through extensive testing, we've proven that employing this Framework can result in transformative change, particularly for rural communities.
The Four Essentials for Community Prosperity
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Economic Diversification Through Entrepreneurship
Every community must grow a vibrant, competitive and resilient economy. For rural America, where so many communities are depending upon one or two economic sectors or industries, economic diversification through entrepreneurship is key. Our e2 Development Framework can help you chart your community's course toward greater prosperity.
Quality of Life Placemaking - Community Building
Quality of place matters. There are the physical (e.g., vibrant downtowns) and cultural aspects (e.g., welcome to diversity) elements of quality of life placemaking. Thriving communities in the 21st century must invest in asset and opportunity-based placemaking. READ MORE.
Demographic Health - Diversity
People Attraction, Retention & Development
People are the reasons we have communities and need economies.Human talent is the magic essential for smart and impactful community economic development. People attraction guides were created as part of our HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC). While dated, the content is still worth downloading!
Leadership & Organizational Development
Visioning – Strategic Planning, etc.
COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING
Community leadership is the cornerstone of all successful community economic development. Community capacity building is foundational. READ Thought Paper.
Case Studies Using the Framework
Download our case study spanning 20 years of transformative change
Explore our 6-course series to learn about and apply fundamental strategies for growing a thriving, entrepreneurial community.
Indiana Prosperity Community Initiative - GIFT VII