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What are the BR&E Visitation Program Objectives and Process?

Most local BR&E Visitation programs have the following objectives and visitation process:

Objectives

  • Demonstrate to local businesses that the community appreciates their contribution to the local economy.
  • Help existing businesses solve problems.
  • Assist businesses in using programs aimed at helping them become more competitive.
  • Develop strategic plans for long-range business retention and expansion activities.
  • Build community capacity to sustain growth and development.

BR&E Visitation Process

Typically, there are four stages to the BR&E Visitation Process:

Stage 1: Firm Visits

Stage 2: Immediate Follow-up

Stage 3: Data Analysis and Recommendations

Stage 4: Commencement Meeting and Implementation

Stage 1: Firm Visits

Activity                                 Who Does It

Organize Local Task Force - Leadership Team/Consultant
Recruit Firm Visitors - Task Force
Train Firm Visitors - Leadership Team/Consultant
Visit Firms - Volunteers and Task Force

Stage 2: Immediate Follow-up

Activity                        Who Does It

Review surveysTask Force/Consultant
Assist Firms - Task Force and Others

Stage 3: Data Analysis and Recommendations

Activity                                        Who Does It

Computerize Survey Results - University Faculty
Analyze DataUniversity Faculty
Suggest ProjectsDevelopment Experts and University Faculty
Review Suggested Projects - Task Force/Consultant
Adopt Projects to Implement - Task Force
Review Outside Sources of Assistance - Task Force and Outside Groups

Stage 4: Commencement Meeting and Implementation

Activity                               Who Does It

Share Results at Commencement - Meeting Task Force
Implement Projects - Task Force and Others

Video Segment -

If you would like a quick illustration of the steps in the BR&E Visitation process, view segment 1 of the video that accompanies this set of booklets. That segment follows Sibley County, Minnesota, through the steps listed above.