Danville-Boyle County Economic Dev. Partnership
The Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) consists of nine public, non-profit, and private organizations working together to promote and attract new economic activity to the county, located in central Kentucky. While each entity (which includes the City of Danville and Boyle County itself) was committed to ‘economic development,’ there had as of yet been no centralized effort to develop consensus around specific economic development priorities. To address this need, the partners co-funded a strategic planning process, the intent of which was three-fold. First, it aimed to confirm the Danville-Boyle County community’s vision for economic development; second, to provide a series of recommended actions items for the Partnership to augment its current efforts related to growing economic activity; and finally, to identify the roles and responsibilities for each public and private implementation partner.
RKG provided a comprehensive market analysis for the EDP, assessing socioeconomic, market, real estate, and industry trends. RKG implemented a highly interactive community engagement process to build consensus and buy-in from each EDP partner, local elected officials, business leaders, financial institutions, and the general public. RKG hosted several public engagement sessions, worked with a broad representative Working Group, and interviewed over 200 individuals from the Danville-Boyle County community. The analysis culminated in an implementation-focused strategic plan that addressed organizational, operational, and strategic needs.
The implementation strategy was completed and accepted. The Economic Development Partnership, with support from community leaders, have began implementation efforts, and RKG was further retained to assist the EDP in enacting the Plan's proposals, and recently facilitated a board session to revise the organization's bylaws.
Photo Credit: Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau