revenue. They also need to plan on development on their economics for continued growth. It also talks about keeping the local government accountable for the actions they take with the goals they make. This article has information to help local government thrive and plan for their future goals. Discussion: This hits the three most important goals that local governments need to plan for, to allow them to grow in the future. If the local government doesn’t plan or set goals they will have a hard time to succeed in the future. They can plan for growth and have goals to keep and bring in new business to help with the growth. How important is it to you for your local government to plan? To me local government needs to plan. I currently work for a city as a firefighter, the city is growing rapidly which cause the tax income to raise rapidly as well. I the city doesn’t plan on how to use and save the money for the future the city could fall apart and end up being a ghost town. Like in the article, “which can create a negative-sum game and harm long-term sustainable development.” (Xue Zhang, 2017) One-way local governments can plan for this is by talking to local business and see what they need. I they have issues and can’t get them solved they won’t stay and that won’t attract new businesses to come if they see local businesses leaving. “Community economic development strategies and traditional business incentives are not substitutes, but are used simultaneously by local governments. For example, business incentives are often combined with local business expansion and retention strategies to enhance economic development.” (Xue Zhang, 2017) Local governments need to start planning for community growth. If the business growth is happening they need to provide
housing and public services to all the new growth. “Community economic development strategies promote the linkage between firms and local community development. These strategies include small business development, business expansion and retention, and community activities such as market assistance and management training for small businesses, business clusters, and industrial districts that expand local firms’ development, and investments in high quality of life for workers.” (Xue Zhang, 2017) Local governments need to start planning for this growth now that the recession is over. They need to not worry about another one and start the planning for the growth of the three pillars. Now that we discussed the planning, we need to also talk about the accountability of the officials running the local government. With them planning we need to make sure they stick to it or change something that is working. Even as business come they need to make sure the local government keeps to their word on what they are going to do for them as the promised to them to bring them in. In all this article has brought in some great discussion points on what goal planning is all about. Biblical Integration: “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5 NIV, 2011) If the local governments don’t plan they will be setting them selves up for poverty. Like the verses says plans lead to profit. If they don’t plan on the growth, then the growth will never happen, and it will push them into poverty. If we put trust in the Lord, he will help us prosper and grow!
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