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Economic Development Week
May 8 - 14

The IEDC Offers a 90th Anniversary Celebration Guide:

The first ever Economic Development Week is from May 8 - 14. The contributions made by economic developers leads to more jobs, enriched communities, and an overall greater way of life. See what's planned in your city, and prepare to participate. 

The IEDC offers a 90th Anniversary Celebration Guide.
Take a moment to download the  full document (PDF) which offers sample blog content, social media content how to write a guest column for your local newspapers and other community publications.
On the Road . . .

Kathleen Rose led an advisory team of five experts affiliated with the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) to evaluate church assets and provide strategy for real estate decisions. This volunteer effort is part of the Counselors Consulting Corps program of the Counselors, providing services to non-profits and institutions.

Kathleen Rose joined a panel of CRE's to provide insights and trends for managing real estate assets for institutions and nonprofits. The Facility Summit for Large YMCA's was the inaugural April event held in New York City.
Project Updates
Gibsonville, NC

The Rose team was retained to conduct a market analysis and development strategy for Gibsonville's downtown which integrated the goals of this small but strategically located community between Greensboro and Elon, North Carolina. 

A red caboose, an iconic town landmark marking Gibsonville's railroad history.

A view of downtown Gibsonville from the caboose and park on the green.
The Future of Workspace

The work environment is changing. The next generation of  work space is a reflection of the behaviors, attitudes and design of what was traditionally called office and industrial space. Today's worker, part of the generational cohort called Millenials (Gen Y), is here and is a majority of the country's population. Currently they make up 28.8% of the workforce, compared to 23.7% who are Baby boomers. A study by Forbes projects that three out of four workers will be Millennials by 2025. Millenials are driven by purpose and global perspective and seek clean technology solutions, goods, services and processes that use smaller equipment.  They are collaborative, informal and prefer to work in an open informal area as opposed to a closed office or cubicle. Workspace may look more like a neighborhood coffee house than an office building and the workspace environment could become a recruiting tool. 

The structure required for this generation of 
workers is the next generation of space.  A "Next-Gen" building is neither traditional office nor industrial, positioned for on-time demand, and has a flexible design which highlights:

*Single or multi-story
* Multi-purpose use
* Open informal space concept
* Meeting and collaboration space
* Flexible floor plans and design
* Space for technology/lab/innovation
* Space for loading/unloading merchandise (e.g.      rear double door or garage door)

This Next-Gen building is designed for a less formal worker who prefers less hierarchy and desires a space for collaborative innovation. 
Apple headquarters building.
Guerilla Revitalization

Many small towns and cities have big ideas, small budgets, yet want to see something happening to improve the  experience of sense of place. Cities have found innovative, low-cost solutions with a big impact. Read about the City of Charlotte's Parklet Pilot Program where small amounts of public space are used to enliven and beautify neighborhoods. 
Charlotte, NC parklet

In Atlanta, Georgia, another program, Atlanta Streets Alive, opens streets for people by temporarily closing them to cars to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant experience.

To be continued in our next issue . . .
From Analysis to Action

Kaleidoscopeā„¢ is a new program developed by Rose & Associates designed specifically for small to medium sized towns and cities who want to take steps beyond analysis and strategy, and move into implementation. 

Our team provides technical assistance in small business and entrepreneurship (SBE), community development and tourism.  Rose consultants create and monitor work plans that include tasks, performance measures, program management, budgeting, grant research/applications and other related needs. 

Let's move together to implement the right plan for your community!