Camas project now called “Grow Camas”

Besides the name (which I’ll discuss later), here’s a bit more about the problem I described yesterday and some thinking through how to tackle it. To reiterate the goal:

GROW CAMAS:
To build a better Camas by growing our economy, strengthening our community, and building civic self-sufficiency.

Let’s break this apart and expand on it:

  1. Create tools and support services to grow our local economy and help Camas businesses in Camas flourish. Keep more business activity inside town.
  2. Help residents become more connected and active in the community. Make civic engagement a real thing.
  3. Foster the development of new Camas institutions (especially new businesses but also other organizations). Create, collect, and disseminate resources to assist this. Encourage local mentorship.

This is starting to flesh out a bit. The next part is the hardest and most important: what does success look like? In product development speak, what are the acceptance criteria? What questions to I need to ask to establish this criteria?

Create tools and support services to grow our local economy and help Camas businesses in Camas flourish. Keep more business in town.

  1. What tools and services are needed? What exists now and what tools are business lacking?
  2. What is the current economic health, what are the trends, and how can I measure my impact?
  3. How will I know if any particular economic activity would have otherwise occurred outside Camas?

Help residents become more connected and active in the community. Make civic engagement a real thing.

  1. How do I measure public sentiment?
  2. What builds community?
  3. What does increased civic engagement look like? How will this benefit the community?

Foster the development of new Camas institutions (especially new businesses but also other organizations). Create/collect/disseminate resources to assist this. Encourage local mentorship.

  1. How many new businesses are created in Camas? How healthy are these businesses?
  2. What Camas-specific (or perhaps county-level) entrepreneurial resources already exist?
  3. Are residents interested in creating new institutions, how many are there, what stopping them, and what tools do they need?
  4. Who are the local mentors / business leaders, and are they interested in helping new businesses get started?

Time to get out into the world to answer these questions and define what success looks like.

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