Like many regions throughout the nation, current economic events have impacted the structure of Jefferson County’s economy. Recognizing these changes, Jefferson County initiated an effort to prepare an update to their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and in 2012, Camoin Associates was commissioned to work with their CEDS committee. Camoin was hired to develop a strategic and implementable plan based on economic data analysis of targeted industries and clusters, employment and educational demand analysis, community input, and stakeholder interviews. One of the most unique challenges and opportunities facing Jefferson County is the existence of the Fort Drum Military Base. Fort Drum is home to over 19,000 United States Army members who spend money in and around the county. Furthermore, the existence of the major military base provides an opportunity for local businesses to contract with the U.S. government for services, supplies, and equipment.
Following the completion of the data analysis, interviews, and visioning exercises, Camoin Associates worked with the county to develop a step by step strategic plan that outlines goals and specific steps that the county should take to achieve their vision for the future. In addition, Camoin Associates provided the county with the tools and techniques to measure performance and the impact of their economic development initiatives.
- Economic Data Analysis
- Stakeholder Interviews
- CEDS Plan of Action
- Performance Measurement Standards