The Community of Excellence program was founded by former Governor Jim Hunt in the early 1980’s, later directed by Gary Shope. Traveling the State, meeting with rural town and county leaders, the goal was to help prepare communities of 15,000 or less for economic development. Great concept but the State’s program lacked the “teeth” and “staying power” to provide strategic implementation plans over the years.
To this day, as you travel through the State you still see signs proudly welcoming you to a “Community of Excellence”. Slowly the decline/out migration of these communities have left some small towns struggling making it difficult to recruit small businesses, industry, healthcare & education. This is where we step in with a process that engages, produces, and implements a plan – specifically designed for your “community of excellence”.