Over time, economies have become more regional. The long term success and sustainability of a region is diametrically related to local leaders and the influence they provide. Regional stakeholders create a strategy and vision for the community to follow. These can include a 5, 10, 20 or 50 year strategic plan. Leaders must engender trust and recruit other community leaders to support the vision. The active recruitment and engagement of community leaders throughout Florida's Research Coast region with a focus on long-term vision for regional success is an ongoing goal of the organization. Collaboration among regional leaders is an essential component in all of the program's we develop and implement. The long-term vision for Florida's Research Coast includes multiple strategies to solicit and connect regional leaders in healthy discussion regarding regional economic evolution. Through these ongoing activities, regional leaders continue to identify challenges, opportunities and how to leverage them to grow and develop Florida's Research Coast's economy.
Additional leadership initiatives. Understanding the necessity to continue growing the leadership strength of the region, Florida's Research Coast continues to enlist local "up-and-comers" to join this effort. The strategy is to create solid regional connections to emerging civic leaders to develop the next generation of regional decision makers. We continue to identify opportunities for regional organizations to collaborate on projects that can continue to assist us in evolving the region's economy. We continue to work on strategies to help develop leaders in Florida's Research Coast to assure all community stakeholders are engaged and participating in our regional evolution efforts.