I promised that I would post the materials that Jim Kinnett and I used yesterday to give our webinar on how to evaluate the impact of your community’s economic development efforts. Here’s the power point, the list of tdata sources I mentioned, and the simple screening tool that you can use as a framework to evaluate your efforts.
I also mentioned two podcasts that I thought were good examples of local government – driven communication initiatives that are enabling change. One was in Piqua, Ohio, where staff started a Citizen Academy to help people deeply understand how their local government works (this goes well beyond the usual ride-with-a-cop-for-the-day), and one was in Dublin, Ohio, where a considered initiative to share information with elected officials over time enabled senior staff to get support for some pretty impressive changes in their community. If you click the city names above, you’ll get a little introduction and a link to the podcast, which you can listen to live or just download as an MP3. A second blog entry talking a little about the Dublin work is here.
Thanks again to Eric Canada for such a great opportunity!