Quality of life and quality of place are key factors in a
community’s ability to attract and retain talent. The talent that resides in a
community is the single most important element in local economic
development. Creating a vibrant
community requires that the community be ready for and embrace change. Change should be a proactive, inclusive process,
resulting in the attainment of specific goals that contribute to
placemaking. Seven Key Tenets* that are
intrinsic to positive change in a community have been identified by The Primacy
Community Readiness for Change Knowledge Group:
Participation of the citizens of the community in defining a vision for the
future and participating in the change process that helps build Primacy of Place™.
public, private, and non-profit entities and citizens to reach consensus on
the change process and working together to realize common goals.
Planning that is
inclusive and results in goals, objectives, and implementation of strategies
that contribute to the achievement of defined outcomes.
is engaged in and committed to positive community change through the
collaborative engagement of community citizens.
Social Capital that
consists of people and their engagement in social networks and collaborations
to achieve common goals.
results from building capacity to ensure that the community continues to be
ready for change and continues to support the realization of a common vision.
Placemaking that results
from capitalizing on a community’s assets, vision, and ability to create a
place that promotes the health, happiness, and well-being of people.
For more information about community readiness for change's role in Primacy of Place see our list of best practice resources or contact Lisa Garner, BBC's Community Readiness for Change Knowledge Group contact, to get you started.
*The Seven Key Tenets can be used as key words while
searching the Best Practices Resources list.
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