Community and Economic Development Plan Guidebook

Bristol Bay Native Association

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Northern Economics Inc. in association with Agnew::Beck Consulting and Bristol Environmental & Engineering Services Corporation

Year: 2004

The Guidebook is both a reference document and a workbook. The Guidebook supports a community through the planning process including workshops and results in a plan document. It provides a simple, practical, effective way for villages to identify values, define goals, set priorities, and develop and implement an action plan. The focus of the Guidebook is to help villages generate community and economic development plans responsive to local needs yet feasible from a regional economic

Funding agencies and organizations require some type of community plan prior to funding housing, public facilities, infrastructure, workforce development, and small business development projects. The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) requires a unique planning process and document called a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to qualify for assistance under its economic adjustment, planning, and public works programs.

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In addition, the Denali Commission which partners with other state and federal agencies and nonprofit agencies beginning with the Federal Fiscal Year 2005 funding cycle will require a community to have a comprehensive community plan. The community plan must identify community priority projects prior to funding considerations.

This Guidebook maps out a planning process and plan document that meet the criteria of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and the Denali Commission definition of a comprehensive community plan.

Table of Contents

Focus of Guidebook
Build on Prior Planning Efforts
Who Will Benefit from Using this Guidebook?
Assistance and Funding with Your Plan
How to Use the Guidebook
Organization of Planning Guidebook
Chapter 1: Introduction
Objectives of Introduction
Why Is Planning Important to the Sustainability of Your Community
Increase the Likelihood of Success
Community Planning and Economic Development
What Is a Community Plan?
What Is a Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)?
Why Would a Community Want Its Own CEDS?
Required Elements of a CEDS
Chapter 2: Bristol Bay Region Challenges and Opportunities
Economic Conditions
Social Conditions
Chapter 3: Getting Started
Community Initiates Planning Process
First Steps
Form a Planning Committee
Appoint a Community Coordinator or Facilitator
Now You Are Ready to Begin Answering the Four CEDS Questions
Getting Started with the Planning Process Form
Chapter 4: Analysis Section
Chapter 5: Holding Community Workshops

Convene Workshop
Present Results of Background Research
Community Mapping Exercise
Chapter 6: Community Values and Vision
Community Values
What do you treasure about your community?
Why do you live here?
Community Vision
Break to Summarize Community Input
Chapter 7: Goals
Steps to Reach your Vision
Chapter 8: Action Plan
Project Feasibility
Workshop Follow-Up
Complete Community Plan
Chapter 9: Performance Measures and Monitoring