Establishing strategies that create jobs and increase wealth in a community is the primary mission of economic development. Advance Longview is a planning initiative underway to identify strategies that will lead to continued economic development success in our community.
The Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO) is focused on creating and retaining primary jobs. The Advance Longview effort, which is being conducted in partnership with economic development consulting firm Boyette Strategic Advisors (Boyette) will explore a variety of issues related to job creation and retention in Longview, including:
- Recommendations on targeted industry sectors
- Understanding the needs of existing business and industry
- Identifying workforce development opportunities
- Defining sustainable growth strategies
- Exploring Longview’s inventory of available business sites
This five-year economic development strategic plan will be based on thorough research, including broad-based stakeholder engagement from people throughout the Longview area. Input from area residents will be a critical component of this study as our consultants at Boyette seek to understand issues that impact employment needs, the cultivation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and sustainable growth strategies for the next five years. Residents have the opportunity to participate in the study through an online survey, which can be accessed here.
This survey takes only a few minutes to complete, and we need a broad range of participants – retirees, those currently employed, students, and young adults. In addition to the resident survey, Boyette will also interview and survey employers throughout the Longview community to assess the existing workforce and discuss other topics that will make our existing businesses even more successful.
Following completion and analysis of all research, Advance Longview will offer a series of recommendations developed to identify new economic development growth opportunities for the Longview community. This effort will provide a comprehensive economic development plan that is both creative and realistic and further provide the foundation for our annual plan of work. We believe that this strategy should be practical and implementable with an end result being a Longview that can compete and win high-impact investment to sustain the community for the next generation.
Advance Longview will only be effective with your help. Please join us in this effort by participating in the resident survey and sharing your thoughts about our area’s economic development opportunities.