Benchmarking & best practices

City of Fort Collins, CO – Economic Health Strategic Plan

Challenge Fort Collins enjoys an economic, social, and environmental vitality that is the envy of many communities its size. Its lively historic downtown area; impressive parks, trails, and open space networks; and array of employers, including Poudre Valley Health System, Hewlett Packard and Woodward-Governor; make the city an attractive place

Mid-America Regional Council (KS-MO) – Economic Development Summit Pilot Program

Challenge In November 2018, the National League of Cities (NLC) and TIP Strategies launched a competition for a pilot program to bring together local leaders and stakeholders to identify a collaborative path to address economic development issues of the winning community’s choice. The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), a metropolitan planning

Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN) – Center Cities Economic Development Playbook

Challenge Center cities of many of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas are registering their highest levels of population growth in decades, with some leading job growth in their metro areas as well. This trend, labeled by some as “the Great Inversion,” represents a reversal of patterns that have dominated the

Saratoga County, NY – Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge Saratoga County’s economy has consistently outperformed the region. It boasts vibrant communities with some of the highest incomes in the state. Coupled with world-class tourism attractions and a robust and growing healthcare system, Saratoga County enjoys an enviable position, especially as the beneficiary of one of the largest capital

City of Missouri City, TX – Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge Missouri City’s location in the Houston metropolitan area, along with years of careful planning, positioned the community to capture regional economic and population growth. Tremendous growth in the city’s residential areas and strong investment in local business parks pointed to the need for more shovel-ready property across a variety

Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce (WI) – Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge In 2018, the city of Wausau had stagnant population growth due to outmigration of residents moving to bigger, high-growth cities as a consequence of a national economy with record low unemployment. The area’s agriculture and food processing industry faced major headwinds due to global competition, automation, and labor shortages.

Washington State Department of Commerce, Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness (OEDC) – Multi-Day Leadership Strategy Session

Challenge The OEDC found itself in a unique position in early 2017. The Washington State Senate’s proposed budget called for unprecedented reductions to Commerce’s economic development programs amid various budget deficits. In an effort to prepare for and formulate a proactive response to these budget reductions, Commerce engaged TIP Strategies

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