SITUATION: Jackson County established a new economic development organization, the Jackson County Economic Development Committee (JCEDC), to expand economic development efforts in the county and position itself for increased competitiveness. JCEDC enlisted Visionfirst Advisors for the development of its first ever strategic plan.
SOLUTION: VisionFirst partnered with JCEDC and its staff and stakeholders to develop an action plan that included goals, strategies and tactics built upon the existing resources to strategically focus the community to grow jobs, support businesses and build a sustainable, viable economy.
SUCCESS: Jackson County utilized VisionFirst’s strategic plan recommendations and established a streamlined vision, mission and purpose for the organization with a clear plan for moving forward. They have enacted a suite of strategies to drive business recruitment, retention and expansion, improve community competitiveness and foster entrepreneurship and business formation. The county has since experienced an increase in economic growth and rise in number of successful projects wins, including the recently announced win of an Amazon delivery center.