In January 2013, the CEP Board of Directors approved the Moving Forward Action Plan. This plan outlined the structure and approach for the newly merged organization and set three big goals to be accomplished by 31 December 2017:
Areas of Focus
Business Retention—Retaining existing businesses, expanding employment and increasing investment in capital and workforce by these businesses and promoting existing businesses as the area’s number one recruitment tool and source of lead generation and product improvement.
Business Attraction—Aggressively marketing our area’s assets directly to decision-makers and key influencers in five targeted sectors: logistics, advanced manufacturing in food and beverage, advanced manufacturing in aerospace, back office operations in finance and logistics, and equine.
Business Creation—Expanding entrepreneurial opportunities beyond the successful Power Plant Business Incubator to assist all existing and prospective entrepreneurs.
Business Advocacy—As an organization of business, promoting business, and representing the needs of business, advocating to local, state and federal officials on behalf of local businesses is a natural and necessary role.
Business Services—Ensuring that the needs of our partners, in particular small business are met through three initiatives: structured networking events and forums, talent and workforce development, and educational and training opportunities.
The CEP Board and Staff are committed to transparency and accountability. In the documents below you will find the 2014 and the 2017 goals for each Core Area and for Business Support (Administration). Additionally, each month we will be updating our performance matrix demonstrating how each area is progressing in meeting their annual goals.