here’s How we can assist your organization

 

strategic planning

Jim 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 locate and thrive in your community.


executive search

Whether you need a new President/CEO or a Senior Staff member, we network with our contacts with friends and peers who are successful, professional economic developers and Chamber executives to find that qualified person who is the perfect fit to lead your organization to success. Our recruiting method also respects the time spent in this process by your search committee.


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.

Retreat facilitation

Jim is an experienced and well-qualified facilitator for your board, staff, or organization planning retreat. In addition to facilitation, he will assist you and your staff in planning an effective, productive planning event that will respect the time of your board, staff, and constituents.

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. Jim can assist in selecting a BRE database software that will enhance your organization’s ability to manage your BRE program.

FASTART Program

This is a “quick action” program for that new Chamber or Economic Development CEO or Sr Manager. This is an intense 3-days with Jim reviewing Board management, events, fundraising, meeting State officials, shadowing successful, neighboring organizations, designing a "First 100 Days Plan of Action", and mapping out an affordable, reasonable professional development plan ensuring the new leader’s success.

special projects

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.