Why is economic development important?

Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. When we succeed, our businesses create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities, our workforce is employed, our citizens enjoy an excellent quality of life and our community is a place where people want to live, work and visit.

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1. Why is economic development important?
2. What is the purpose of an economic development strategic plan?
3. What is the International Economic Development Council?
4. Who was consulted in the preparation of this strategic plan?
5. Why does it only span three years?
6. Is the document permanent or will it change?
7. Will the department provide updates on progress?
8. How can I provide feedback or comments?