What is Economic and Community Development?

At ECDI, we believe bringing economic prosperity to our communities requires much more than enticing a company to open a new plant in the local industrial park. Rather, economic development encompasses a range of strategies including workforce training, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support, improving education, regional collaboration, and promoting tourism – in addition to business recruitment.

We also believe strongly in the importance of community development. This means that bringing people together for dialogue and planning, growing leaders, and increasing connections and relationships in the community are key components of the economic development process. At ECDI, we believe prosperous local economies are built on the foundation of strong communities.

Last Updated: February 23, 2015