Community
Development
Toolkit

Crowley, Louisiana
Louisiana Community Network Community Development Toolkit
Use of these resources can empower Louisiana communities to prepare for investment, growth, sustainability, leadership and improved quality of life; making Louisiana a potent force for economic opportunity.

“Since the onset of the Louisiana Development Ready Community program, Donaldsonville has taken on a prestigious and innovative way to rebrand our city.”
- Leroy Sullivan, Mayor of Donaldsonville

Basic understanding of the community development processes forms a strong foundation for creating and building a community. Training, Visioning and Strategic Planning, and Leadership Development must be done on a continuing basis as new talent engages in the community development process.

  • Introduction to Community Development
  • Community Assessment
  • Strategic Planning for Local Development
  • Building Leadership in The Community
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Communities need to develop their place and sell it to others to create wealth and improved economic opportunities. Creating a climate for businesses and citizens to thrive comes from taking good care of existing business, showing enterprising citizens how to start-up new businesses, and having the know-how to market and communicate with all target audiences.

  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Creating a Community That Encourages Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & New Business Start-Ups
  • Developing Local Incentive Programs
  • Funding Community Development
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All communities say they are “great places to live, work, and play.” How can your community stand out from the crowd? Differentiation exists when a community really IS different and investors know this because of the community’s implementation. Emergency preparedness, lean service organizations such as local government, and know-how on funding and incentives can set your community apart and are just a few of the ideas that will differentiate your community from others in the global economy.

  • Marketing Your Community
  • Community Emergency Preparedness
  • Lean Communities
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