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Douglas County Launches Strategic Planning Initiative
The Douglas County Economic Development Authority kicks off a Community and Economic Development Strategic Plan with visit from Avalanche Consulting and launch of a community-wide survey.
Douglasville, GA – October 13, 2016 – This month, the Douglas County Economic Development Authority is beginning a seven-month planning process aimed at increasing economic prosperity and improving quality of life for Douglas County.
The Community and Economic Development Strategic Plan will critically evaluate Douglas County’s competitive position and identify the industries and key assets that will be the focus of future economic development efforts. A brand identity profile and tactical marketing recommendations will also be included. The process will result in a detailed action plan that aligns community development, economic development, and marketing activities to catalyze economic growth.
Avalanche Consulting, a national economic development consultancy based in Austin, Texas, will facilitate the planning process. The Avalanche team has provided strategic planning services to more than 200 communities across the US and abroad.
Input from residents and business owners in Douglas County will be a critical part of the planning process. Alongside focus groups and interviews conducted by the consulting team, a community survey will provide the greatest opportunity for all residents to be heard. The survey will take place from October 13 through November 11, 2016 and can be found online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DouglasCoFuture.
“Our hope is this strategic plan will unify the organizations and governments within Douglas County around a single vision to grow Douglas County in the most sensible way while preserving our beautiful landscape and attracting high-quality companies to expand and locate here.” – Ron Wilson, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Douglas County Economic Development Authority
“By having an action plan at the completion of the strategic planning process, we are better able to recruit and attract the types of businesses we want and can support in Douglas County. By aligning the various components of what makes a community thrive, we are able to have a more holistic approach to growing Douglas County.” – Chris Pumphrey, Executive Director for the Douglas County Economic Development Authority
Amy Holloway, Avalanche’s President, said, “We look forward to diving into Douglas County and learning about the community and its aspirations. The community has tremendous potential, and we’re very happy to have an opportunity to help Douglas County plan for its future.”
The consulting team’s first visit to Douglas County will occur in late October.
Media inquiries regarding this press release should be directed to:
Chris Pumphrey, Executive Director
Douglas County Economic Development Authority
8512 Bowden Street
Douglasville, GA 30134
The Douglas County Economic Development Authority is an independent agency charged with Economic Development for Douglas County including the City of Douglasville and the respective portions of the cities of Austell and Villa Rica within Douglas County. Our focus is to bring quality jobs and opportunities for the citizens of Douglas County.
Avalanche Consulting is the nation’s premier economic development strategist. The firm is the best in the business at translating complex research into economic development strategies and communications platforms. Avalanche is deeply driven to make a positive impact and seek clients who are equally inspired to energize their economies. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Avalanche was established in 2005 and assisted more than 200 communities across the US and abroad.
For more information, please visit: www.AvalancheConsulting.com.