Leaders in economic development can expect to discuss, adopt and deploy changes in the following 8 categories in the coming years. While COVID and the Black Lives Matter movement have unquestionably precipitated accelerated transformation in these categories, the truth is, many of these changes have been a long-time in the making.
As you can see, much of this work has historically been carried by long-standing, stable institutions (government, higher education, economic development). But those institutions are being rocked by COVID, Black Lives Matter and digital transformation—each of which will have its own impact but collectively represent an unparalleled opportunity for us to work together to make lasting change—change that will impact us into the next number of decades. Thankfully, I think we’re all ready.