Building Local Prosperity
This program guides communities through exploring economic development opportunities and building a goal-oriented economic development plan.
Building Local Prosperity (BLP) is an economic development planning and engagement process in which members of communities, counties or regions participate. Areas interested in creating economically resilient communities, establishing visionary leadership, encouraging vibrant small businesses and growing a skilled workforce follow the BLP process to support their economic development planning.
How BLP works
Experienced community economic development faculty from University of Missouri Extension and its key stakeholders customize the BLP experience to a community after discussing the community's needs and goals with its leadership team. Through BLP, MU Extension faculty then lead the community to better understand its local economy and economic growth drivers; its key economic indicators; and its assets, challenges and barriers.
After understanding more about the community, MU Extension faculty collaborate with the community leadership team to develop economic development strategies and write a strategic economic development plan. The plan contains specific goals, action steps, timelines and metrics for the short- and long-term. Ongoing implementation support is also provided.
How to get started
To discuss how BLP can help your community, check "Schedule This Event," and complete the information request form. You can also contact Richard Proffer.
MU Extension faculty will reach out to the community leaders to discuss needs and BLP roles and responsibilities. Then, the faculty will present a customized engagement letter that outlines the timeframe and cost for the community leaders' final approval.