In 2019, the department began working with Ady Advantage to craft an economic development plan for the county. The project included an on-site analysis that leveraged primary research with area employers, stakeholders, and other key community leaders. It also involved an evidenced-based approach to economic development that recruited a variety of data sources that resulted in market focused research, an economic base analysis, target industry analysis, and an analysis of primary data.
The overall plan was supported by a goals and strategy session that provided stakeholders the opportunity to provide input and feedback related to economic development.
A community survey was suggested by the plan as a way to identify community priorities. The survey was conducted in May through June, 2020. It is not a scientific survey, but instead provides general guidance on local issues. Results are available here.