Project Details & Documents


The Greater Dalton Community and Economic Development Strategy planning process will last approximately nine months, concluding in May 2017. It will consist of four phases:

Phase 1: Interviews and Online Survey

The Market Street Services team will work with the Greater Dalton Chamber and its partners to identify community stakeholders to participate in a one-on-one interview. These interviews will be supplemented by an online community survey open to anyone who lives and/or works in Greater Dalton, ensuring a broad base of community guidance. In order to further facilitate engagement, this project website will provide access to key deliverables and other important materials developed during the process, as well as direct access to the online community survey.

Phase 2: Community Assessment

The Community Assessment will serve to connect the dots across from past research efforts while integrating the latest information about Greater Dalton’s economy, workforce, and demographic trends gathered from our research and feedback from interview participants and survey respondents. Data will be summarized in five scorecards that benchmark Greater Dalton’s recent progress against nine peer communities. These scorecards will speak to demographic, socioeconomic, workforce, business climate, and place-based dynamics in Greater Dalton.

Phase 3: Community and Economic Development Strategy

Success in the strategic planning process requires local leaders to come together around a consensus-based blueprint for action. The Community and Economic Development Strategy will bring together findings from the first two phases of the process to create a holistic five-year vision for the Greater Dalton. Strategic recommendations will be driven by research findings and feedback from local stakeholders. Examples of best practice programs, policies, and initiatives from communities around the country will be included when relevant and appropriate to help inform strategic recommendations and their subsequent implementation.

Phase 4: Implementation Plan

The final step of the process is to work with community leaders and develop a roadmap to operationalize and activate the Strategy. The Implementation Plan will ensure that the “what” of the Strategy can become a reality by committing to “how” actions will be implemented. Market Street will work with the Steering Committee to prioritize actions, develop a realistic timelines for implementation, identify of “lead” and “support” organizations to advance efforts, review capacity and funding, and develop performance metrics that the community can use to track progress.


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