All economic development is local economic development. That's our philosophy. But sometimes communities need help to identify their strengths and to understand and strengthen their weaknesses. That's where ED&F;'s Community Economic Development Team comes in. ED&F;'s trained community development staff helps communities through an inclusive program of community inventory, citizen participation and action planning called BUILD (Better Utilization of Investments for Local Development).
For communities, the work of helping existing businesses, starting new businesses, and finding and attracting solid businesses is time-consuming and complex. Through the self-help BUILD program, the ED&F; staff guides communities through an intensive community inventory, a public input phase, and an ongoing process of business retention, new business start-up and recruitment.
Through the BUILD program, people in rural communities and counties become more aware of their common interests and develop an appreciation for working together. Local leaders prepare a plan of action that serves as a road map for promoting their community.
Start-up or expanding business owners looking for business locations can be confident that BUILD communities have a better understanding of their own role in economic development. Because they are better organized and possess well-honed development tools, BUILD communities can more effectively support new businesses and growth.
ED&F; helps communities in other ways, too. Department professionals refer industry contacts to local communities. These contacts may originate through the Technology Transfer Inc, through the agency's efforts to promote the state as a business location, through efforts by North Dakota's Congressional delegation or from the industries themselves.
In addition, the ED&F; staff helps communities by providing background information on businesses or individuals who may contact the communities. ED&F; also provides, through our research division, an on-line computer network for local developers to exchange leads, share ideas and request help and information.
ED&F;'s Community Services Team helps communities & counties by:
Director of Community and Rural Development
Economic Development and Finance
1833 East Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58504
phone (701) 328-5341
fax (701) 328-5320
or email: [email protected]
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