1. Consensus around economic development planning is usually easier to achieve than for many other types of planning processes, so it is possible to. . .
  2. Involve a wide range of stakeholders, from business, government, health and education institutions, nonprofits, etc., and. . .
  3. Get them committed to also be part of the implementation process; and you need them all involved because. . .
  4. There are many routes to successful economic development, for example http://icic.org/5-strategies/
  5. With so many things going on, the economic development person in charge needs to be a convener as much as a salesperson.