Community Growth Strategies (CGS) is a small but dynamic and heavy in successful experience specializing in working with medium to small communities with or without formal organizations such as chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, or convention visitor bureaus to formulate an achievable strategy to accommodate and encourage economic growth. Leaders at CGS fully understand the need for a plan of action even in those communities and organizations with limited resources, challenging location, and other monumental challenges.
CGS brings the highly successful experience and skills of its principal, Jim Fram, a professional, 30+ year economic development/chamber executive who is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) who has achieved success in job creation, new capital investment, increasing of public revenues, and product development to smaller communities such as Dewey, OK and Harrison, AR to medium size cities such as Hot Springs, AR, Bartlesville, OK, or Killeen/Fort Hood, TX to larger metro areas like Lincoln, NE or Tulsa, OK. READ MORE
CGS can develop an overall strategic plan for economic development or a specialized plan for new jobs, business retention & expansion, retail attraction, visitor/tourist attraction, and/or community preparation for growth. This includes a marketing plan, careful use of resources, recruitment and training of volunteers, a budget, and staff development.
retail attraction planning
Most, if not all retail businesses, especially large, national chains, have developed a “template” of demographic characteristics that if followed, pretty much insures their success in a selected market and/or location. We can develop a realistic retail marketing strategy for those sales tax revenue producing businesses that will thrive in your community.
With more than 3 decades of successful not-for-profit management experience, CGS is your best option to manage the day-to-day operations of your small, not-for-profit organization. Structure and tax laws and regulations change almost daily and our team is always prepared to be on top of those requirements for your organization.
target industry analysis
The successful programs are those who know what/they are hunting and they know exactly how those employers fit into their local economy. CGS can analyze your community’s assets and provide a reasonable list of target businesses that will insure the success of your program.
If your community or organization has a special economic development project that requires some special, professional assistance, we are happy to review the issue and offer assistance in attaining you goals and objectives.
business retention & expansion
The design and development of a program that helps a community track and retain their current employer base, assist those employers with growth objectives, and “identify a crisis before it becomes a crisis”! We can help set up this program in a community of any size.
One of the things a professional economic developer will learn early on is that the best way to have a corporate headquarters locate in your community is for it to be “born” there. Classic examples are Wal Mart HQ in Bentonville, AR, or JB Hunt in Lowell, AR. No one could ever make a business case for those current locations. Those corporate giants were born there. CGS can develop a program for you to help your community foster entrepreneurs..
Having led several chambers through the accreditation process with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce (3 of those achieved 5 Star status) and 2 economic development organizations through the AEDO (International Economic Development Councils Accredited Economic Development Organization) program, we can assist your chamber or economic development organization in achieving one or both accreditations giving your work the ultimate credibility advantage.
Positioning communities for economic growth
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