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STRATEGIC AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
PLANNING: A How-To Manual For Local Government; 1993-2002. Price: $29.00.
Manual in 3-Ring Binder.
This how-to and self-help manual was developed by Institute staff, strategic
planners, and economic development specialists following a nationwide review of
selected programs and materials. The manual details three alternative approaches
to strategic planning, one of which is specifically oriented towards economic
development. This was the base model we used in our contract with ICMA to
develop their training package on strategic planning for local economic
The manual not only explains the who, what, when, where, why and how of local
government strategic and/or economic development planning, but also includes all
the sample processes, policies, procedures, forms, checklists, etc. required to
implement and maintain a successful, cost-effective program. The material is
also well suited for communities who wish to use it for a strategic visioning or
- A clear vision of what strategic planning is, "looks like", and can
- Saves lots of staff and committee work; less reinventing of the wheel
- More successful strategic planning processes and outcomes
- Enhanced tax base and improved community services
- Increased quality of community life
The Introduction includes an orientation on public sector strategic and economic
development planning, and material on the fundamental principles of strategic
Traditional Strategic Planning Model section includes material on getting
organized, developing mission and goals, external and internal analysis,
environmental scans and resource audits, developing objectives and strategic
actions, developing action plans, implementation, monitoring and updating.
Visionary Strategic Planning Model section includes elements of the traditional
model, but is more oriented towards "beginning with the end in mind",
consensus visioning, strategic action development strategic action assessment,
and strategic implementation.
Economic Development Planning Model section includes elements of the traditional
strategic planning model, but is oriented toward economic development. Units
include starting with the economic base, analyzing current economic development
efforts, identifying SWOT's (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats),
inventorying programs and projects, setting priorities, strategic action
ranking, project/program analysis, and strategic action implementation. Includes
a number of suggested model forms for use.
Appendices include a reading list and bibliography, sources of data for use in
environmental scanning and resource auditing, and a variety of used forms and
checklists, such as community checklist, industrial site data forms, industrial
building data forms, merchant survey, commercial district land use survey,
confidential business survey, and commercial area consumer survey.
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