Area Sector Analysis Process for Communities


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    Area Sector Analysis Process for Communities


    The Area Sector Analysis Process (ASAP) is an award-winning process designed by Extension Specialists and Agents for Extension to use in collaboration with community leaders in targeted, sustainable, economic development.

    ASAP assists communities in targeted, sustainable, economic development by identifying:

    • Community goals and priorities for economic development
    • Community assets that will help achieve the community’s goals and priorities
    • Industry needs and factors important for locating their operations in a community
    • Businesses that are consistent with the community’s goals and priorities

    map of ASAP communitiesASAP COMMUNITIES
    ASAP has been successfully applied to multiple communities across the region in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah.

    During 2017, ASAP was been implemented in Beaver, Juab, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sanpete, and Sevier Counties in Utah; White Pine County, Nevada; and Valley County, Idaho.

    We are excited to announce several new communities in Arizona, Idaho, and Utah have launched ASAP in 2018. 

    In 2017, the Western Rural Development Center and our director, Don Albrecht, were honored with not one but two awards for our ASAP work with rural communities in the West.

    Western Planner of the Year
    Don Albrecht, WRDC Director, was named Planner of the Year by The Western Planner, the journal for western planning since 1979, for his work in community and economic development throughout the West. This award honors individuals who have the fortitude, skill, and humor necessary to be recognized advocates on behalf of planning in the West.

    2017 NADO Innovation Award
    Utah’s Six County Association of Governments/Economic Development District based in central Utah has received a 2017 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Six County Area Sector Analysis Process.

    The Western Rural Development Center and Utah State University Extension partnered with Six County Association of Governments to deliver the WRDC’s Area Sector Analysis Process (ASAP) to the six counties (Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne) comprising this association.

    Support was also provided by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada Center for Economic Development, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development - Business Expansion and Retention Program, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Economic Development Administration, Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne Counties, and The Six County Association of Governments/Economic Development District.

    Don Albrecht, Western Rural Development Center

    Mark Apel, University of Arizona Extension

    Marion Bentley, Utah State University Extension

    Ashley Bickel, University of Arizona Extension

    Buddy Borden, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

    Dari Duval, University of Arizona Extension

    Thomas Harris, University of Nevada-Reno

    Paul Jakus, Utah State University

    Malieka Landis, University of Nevada-Reno

    Paul Lewin, University of Idaho Extension

    Phil Watson, University of Idaho

    Please contact us at the Western Rural Development Center for more information about ASAP and the possibilities for your Extension program or community. 
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