Below is a copy of a fiscal year-in review letter from Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council Chariman Rick Viar to members of the LSEDC:
As we reach the late innings of my year as your Chairman, I couldn’t resist using a few baseball analogies in preparation for my post-season wrap-up. When the season began, we established objectives that included improving community collaboration, establishing our organization as the “clean-up hitter” in providing economic development expertise, increasing regional exposure for LSEDC and enhancing investors’ experiences.
A timely theme of collaboration was introduced by my predecessor, Daren Fristoe, during his term and continues to be a key priority for LSEDC. Significant emphasis has been placed on working with strategic partners in the community to continue to meet our collective economic goals. In addition to other local organizations, this included consensus building and fostering partnerships with:
Another important objective RE:emphasized during our 2013 strategic planning retreat was to ensure LSEDC remains the capstone organization for all things economic development in Lee’s Summit. An expert in its field, LSEDC has enthusiastically accepted responsibility as the community’s primary resource available to each collaborative partner when economic development “bench strength” and expertise is required. Our organization will continue to bat at the top of the order on all local, important economic development issues and will play a secondary role on initiatives led by our collaborative partners.
This year, it was important for our organization to put itself back on the regional map by RE:engaging with the Kansas City Area Development Council. Much like a relay in baseball, this involvement provides our investors, advisory board members and board members the opportunity to participate on a regional level as ambassadors for Lee’s Summit – while bringing regional insights and information back to the community.
Another organizational focus was to create regular opportunities for local business leaders with a true interest in the economic health of our city a regular venue to meet and discuss common objectives. By increasing participation and giving investors more opportunities to interact, we strengthened our farm system and positioned LSEDC to achieve maximum results for years to come.
As we conclude the regular season, we definitely had more wins than losses.
This year, LSEDC was prepared for each at bat, recognizing that hitting singles and doubles is critical in building a solid career average. We reacted appropriately to every pitch and drove the ball with power.
Sometimes we found ourselves in the role of relief pitcher for economic development challenges facing our community partners and finished strong each time. Propelled by the momentum of two successful retreats, much of this year was spent RE:building to ensure we have the right players in the right positions – on both sides of the plate. All things considered, I’d say it was a winning season.