Our focus was on learning success indicators and benchmarking measures that would help us evaluate our establishing regional value chains, and while that outcome was not promoted or maybe even intended as an attendee “take-away” it was what I gleaned and valued most from the training. The principals and balanced WealthWorks methodology is the model we have used to implement our Resilient Region plan for over two years, yet the value chain model has its own language that will no doubt help us clearly articulate our approach, which may develop new partnerships. I recommend the WealthWorks training to any regional development organization making an effort to support communities who are seeking economic prosperity in ways that honor environmental stewardship through an approach that respects rural quality of life values.
Cheryal Lee Hills, Executive Director
Region Five Development Commission & affiliate 501c3 North Central Economic Development Association
Note: Cheryal Lee Hills is a participant in the second WealthWorks Training session, which runs April 2014 to February 2015. We're delighted to share the perspectives and experiences of our colleagues and partners participating in WealthWorks Trainings. You can read more about the trainings at our WealthWorks page.