OPEN! How to make and keep jobs in your community.

ED Handbook

Economic Development doesn’t just happen - it takes a team of committed business people, legislators and citizens, working to develop comprehensive plans and practices, to see results with real impact.

“OPEN!” is a step-by-step economic development guidebook created by professionals with a proven track record for creating jobs. It will be made available to community leaders throughout the Central Illinois Region who wish to better serve their constituency and prepare them for economic recovery. Unlike some economic development books, “OPEN!” uses easy to understand language and case studies to show community individuals and volunteers how they can help their economy grow. Through this public and private partnership, you can join with EDC to engage and assist communities throughout the Central Illinois Region.

This site serves as a companion to the economic development handbook entitled “OPEN! How to make and keep jobs in your community.”  On this web page you will find resources to help you through your economic development strategic plan. Enclosed in your handbook is a CD that contains worksheet and exercise files. In case you have lost that CD we have uploaded all of the documents you need here on this website.

 

If you would like to receive a printed version of this book, please contact Sally Hanley at 309-495-5953 or shanley@edc.h-p.org for more information.

 

Chapter 1        
Page 29     Exercise   
Committee Selection Exercise    
Page 31   Worksheet   Strategic Planning Committee Word Document  PDF Document
         
Chapter 2        
Page 38   Worksheet   Economic Inventory  Word Document  PDF Document
Page 40   Survey Template   Quality of Place Community Profile Survey  Word Document  PDF Document
         
Chapter 3        
Page 51   Exercise Community  SWOT Analysis     
Page 51   Worksheet   Compiled Economic Development SWOT Analysis  Word Document  PDF Document
Page 59   Exercise   Community Preparedness Checklist    
         
Chapter 4        
Page 69   Exercise   Mission Statement Exercise    
Page 72   Exercise   Mission Statement Exercise    
         
Chapter 5        
Page 77   Worksheet   NAICS Part A   Word Document PDF Document
Page 77   Worksheet   NAICS Part B  Word Document PDF Document
Page 78   Worksheet   NAICS Part C  Word Document PDF Document
Page 78   Worksheet   NAICS Part D  Word Document   PDF Document
Page 78   Worksheet   Available Land By Zoning Category  Word Document   PDF Document
Page 78   Worksheet   Available Buildings by Building Category Word Document   PDF Document
Page 79   Worksheet   Infrastructure  Word Document PDF Document
Page 79   Worksheet   Financial Resources  Word Document  PDF Document
         
Chapter 6        
Page 84   Worksheet   Economic Activity  Word Document  PDF Document
Page 84   Worksheet   Community Demographics Word Document  PDF Document
Page 84   Survey Template   Business Climate Survey  Word Document  PDF Document
         
Chapter 9        
Page 129   Exercise   Strategic Planning Session    
Page 129   Example   Strategic Plan Overview  Word Document PDF Document
Page 132   Example Strategy Ranking  Word Document  PDF Document
Page 132   Example   Compiled Objectives and Results  Word Document  PDF Document
Page 133   Exercise   Follow-up Strategic Session    
         
 Chapter 10        
Page 150   Example   Marketing Action Plan  Word Document  PDF Document