For those of us steeped in economic development, constantly promoting and growing our communities, every week is economic development week! This year more than ever, we welcome the opportunity to pause and take stock of our accomplishments, as we all seek to lift our communities beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this pandemic, I’ve been reflecting on the core values that have been the foundation of our organization. Many great local leaders were involved in and laid the groundwork for a strong regional economic development organization. One of our most influential founders – and a great mentor to me – was Randy Clark, former chair of Invest Buffalo Niagara. One of Randy’s favorite expressions was, “Economic development is not a spectator sport.”