All too often, communities and organizations create well-intended but overly-ambitious strategic plans, only to have these languish on the shelf because of insufficient resources to turn goals into reality. We change the equation by bringing a common-sense approach founded through deep familiarity with the capacity restraints facing rural communities. We emphasize realistic, achievable and measurable goals that nevertheless help organizations achieve their mission. When missions are undefined or in need of refreshing, we stand ready to assist. Most importantly, we help our clients build partnerships through our own extensive network of community organizations serving the greater Columbia Gorge region. In an age of limited resources, collaboration is the key to accomplishment. We offer the network that fosters collaboration – across communities, across jurisdictional boundaries, and across state lines. These are the essential relationships which ensure strategic planning is not just a day-long “talk shop” but a commitment to tangible results.
- Facilitation and strategic planning
- This is where it starts. Tightly-organized, focused discussion to identify goals, objectives and measurable outcomes.
- Project management
- On-going project management to turn ideas into reality and deliver results. Project goals, resources and timeline produce circumstances that are unique to each endeavor. Services are tailored to include research, scoping, community outreach, media relations, SWOT analyses, stakeholder engagement, planning and initiation, scheduling, facility arrangements, on-going communications, monitoring, closing and summary documentation.
- Grant and data research; grant writing
- Good ideas need resources. We work with the region’s talented pool of grant-writers to bring government and foundation resources to non-profit and public initiatives.
- Cross-sector regional networking and communications
- The emphasis today is on partnerships and breaking down stovepipes. We maintain an extensive network of Mid-Columbia, state, federal and organizational partners across all disciplines from healthcare and education to public infrastructure, energy, transportation, social services and housing.
- Project and issue advocacy
- Support for project advocacy to legislators, key staff and policy-makers in Salem, Olympia and Washington, DC, including issue coordination among community partners, printed talking points (“one-pagers”), outreach, scheduling and logistics.
- Marketing, communications and media relations
- Targeted planning and public outreach honed by 30 years’ journalism experience.