Leadership & Organizational Development

Leadership is critical for the success of economic development organizations. Energy and engagement among team members, Board members and stakeholders is critical. Our experience tells us education, information and relationships is the key component for success.

Vanags Consulting + Partners provides service in the following areas under this discipline: 


  • Establishment, Structure and development of non-profit organizations
  • Start-up activities mission, vision and strategic goal setting processes 
  • Leadership development, workshops and training 
  • Organizational structure, board development and fundraising 

Under this offering, we have developed several unique programs including:


1. EconDev101 for Elected Official™ – This multi session educational program solves the problem of under-informed or uniformed elected officials or other community leaders. Most elected officials, while running for office under the banner of economic development or job creation, they often do not understand the process and challenges economic developers, their organizations and communities face to be successful. This program can be provided as a turn-key program or customized for your situation. The program includes a certification document recognizing the work completed to understand economic development. 


2. EconDev Board Retreat Accelerator™ --This program provides you and your organization an action-packed day long, or shorter (no less than half-day) Board retreat session that generates one of several outcomes: A “mission, values, objectives” deliverable and document in a shorter time than is usually required or a customized outcome. 


3. EconDev Team Retreat Accelerator™ -- This program provides you and your team with a similar action-packed day long, or shorter (no less than half-day) retreat session that generates one of several outcomes: A “mission, values, objectives” deliverable and document in a shorter time than is usually required or some other customized outcome.


4. EconDev Citizen/Member Certification™ -- This program provides a series of courses that gives members of your organization or citizens of your community or any other defined group an opportunity to understand economic development, the processes and outcomes. The result is an informed public that will support economic development initiatives and the elected officials that need to support them. “Certified Citizen Economic Developers” will be the outcome of this program. We offer a live workshop(s), online training, as well as customized curriculum specific to your community.

Leadership in Economic Development is crucial to success. The community demands it and the future of jobs and capital investment is dependent upon it. Vanags Consulting + Partners can provide the expertise you need. 

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Vanags Consulting +Partners

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