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Input Sought for Area Economic Development Strategy

Residents of the Brazos Valley have the chance to make their thoughts known as part of a plan to guide the region’s economic growth.
A survey will be available at BrazosValleyStrategy.com through September 10, 2018. The input from those living and working in the Bryan-College Station metro area will directly impact the creation of the Brazos Valley Economic Development Strategy, a comprehensive, actionable and consensus-based roadmap to improving and enhancing the local economy. The goal is to make the region an even more prosperous, successful and vibrant place in which to live, work and do business.
Earlier this year, the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors approved a partnership with Market Street Services, a nationally-acclaimed community and economic development firm based in Atlanta. Brazos County, the Cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas A&M University and the private sector members of the BVEDC are funding the effort.
Market Street has partnered with more than 165 communities in 34 states since its founding in 1997. The metro Atlanta area, Austin, Nashville, Madison and Indianapolis are among the communities benefitting from Market Street’s insight and analysis. The firm has also worked at the state level with eight states.
Through a process that begins this month and concludes in March 2019, various factors that influence the Brazos Valley’s competitiveness will be examined, including talent, education, training and quality of life. Those are among the topics asked about in the community survey.
In addition, a wide range of public, private and non-profit leaders in the community will be part of discussions with Market Street analysts in the coming weeks to provide the best possible insight in this strategic planning process. A diverse steering committee is leading the endeavor headed up by three chairs: Spencer Clements of ATLAS, Andrew Morriss of Texas A&M University’s School of Innovation, and Casey Oldham of Oldham Goodwin Group.
“The community could not have found a better partner than Market Street Services to help us define our competitive edge in launching, growing and locating new businesses in the Brazos Valley,” said BVEDC President/CEO Matt Prochaska. “The more responses we have to the survey, the better. I hope everyone will take a few minutes to complete it and have their own say in our future.”
Click on the “Survey” link at the top of BrazosValleyStrategy.com to begin answering the questions. The survey is anonymous, and participants are not asked to provide contact information. Additional details on the strategy development process are also available at the site.