NP recently wrapped up the GrowSMART Regional Economic Growth Strategy for the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (known as RiverCOG for short). This 17-town region in south central Connecticut includes rural bedroom communities, coastal second home hot spots and more urbanized centers. Like many parts of the Northeast, the RiverCOG region is facing the challenges of an aging but also increasingly diverse population as well as diversifying its economy in a sustainable way.
The core of the plan focuses on how to understand current conditions and trends in relation to the people’s desired future in order to develop feasible strategies to move the region forward.
The GrowSMART work illustrated three important points to consider for any regional planning effort:
Michael Porter has said, “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” By focusing on what can be controlled, understanding key trade-offs and prime opportunities for partnership, GrowSMART provides the RiverCOG region with a strategic path for sustainable economic growth.
More project info: GrowSMART falls into NP's portfolio of economic strategy projects. Our project team members included FHIand Community Workshop.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.