Instructors Information

Community Plan

Information for Instructors


The general purpose of this phase of the C.A.R.E. module is to provide an introduction and overview of an available planning option for communities wishing to diversify and enhance their local economic base.

Specific objectives include:

  1. A general definition of economic development
  2. An approach to economic development with a broader strategic planning philosophy that increase the chances for success.
  3. This phase of the C.A.R.E. module is intended to provide local leaders with information about strategic planning for local economic development. Sub-state planning and development districts, the Cooperative Extension Service, Departments of Commerce, and other agencies and groups are also available to assist and provide information to communities developing strategic plans for economic development.

Time Required

This module can generally be presented in a 1.5 to 2 hour setting. Be sure to allow time for questions and discussions.


Equipment/Materials Needed

A comfortable workshop setting is desired. Arrange the tables/chairs as best you can to enhance discussion and face-to-face interaction.

Equipment needed includes:

  • PowerPoint projector and computer
  • Screen
  • Easel and flipchart
  • Markers for flip chart
  • Plenty of worksheet copies

Directions/Training Tips

Be aware that your audience will have a varied background when it comes to economic development. Remind your participants that the intent of this module is to bring everyone "up to speed" so that everyone is thinking of the process of planning for economic development in the same way.

  • If you build a strong foundation with the C.A.R.E. model, then specific actions steps will make more sense in the future.
  • Utilize the PowerPoint presentation (visuals) and the handouts to work through the options for local economic development.


This PowerPoint presentation is for this phase of the C.A.R.E. module.


Worksheets are provided to accompany this module.