Building Local Prosperity


Helps communities explore opportunities for economic development and build a goal-oriented economic development plan.

Building Local Prosperity (BLP) is a participatory community economic development planning and engagement process designed specifically for communities, counties and/or regions. BLP is designed to foster greater understanding of what drives the local economy, factors that influence economic growth, analysis of key economic indicators, identification of community assets, challenges and barriers, development of strategies, and writing a strategic plan, as well as implementation support. Program goals include creating economically resilient communities, visionary leadership, vibrant small businesses and a skilled workforce.

Experienced community economic development faculty from University of Missouri Extension and its key stakeholders the exploration of opportunities and development of a strategic economic development plan that contains specific goals, action steps, timelines, metrics as well as short- and long-term evaluation and impact measurement. Ongoing implementation support is also provided.

The engagement begins with MU Extension faculty meeting with the community leadership team to discuss the community’s needs and goals and the specific MU Extension programming and services to be offered. This includes discussion of roles and responsibilities as well as timeframe and cost. From this, a customized engagement is designed and presented to the community leadership team for their final approval.

To discuss this opportunity in more detail, check “Schedule This Event” and complete the information request form or contact Richard Proffer.

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