Module 1 'Introduction to LED and Organizing the Effort' provides an introduction to local economic development (LED) and examines the context of LED activity and action within an
increasingly globalized economy. It focuses on how to Organize the Effort for LED Strategic Planning. It explores the role that LED strategic planning has in strengthening the local economy and provides an introduction to the purpose and process of strategic planning with an overview of the five sequential planning stages. The five different steps of Stage
One Organizing the Effort are also presented. The module considers the first steps of Stage Two and Highlights the data needs and types that inform the development of LED strategy. It provides an understanding of the role of the business enabling environment in LED and concludes with a session on the planning and implementation of tasks to improve the
business enabling environment.
Module 1 Learning Objectives: