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Safety tips for economic developers
Eli Dile   on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

The economic development profession, by its nature, frequently requires meetings in unfamiliar environments and with unfamiliar people. Given the potential for danger in such situations, Creative Economic Development Consulting put together this handy and practical Safety for Economic Development Professionals (PDF) guide. The guide was debuted at a recent Women’s Economic Development Network conference.

Among the guide’s recommendations are:

  • Avoid solo meetings. Bring another person along, especially after sunset. Consider including an appropriate ally or stakeholder in a property visit.

  • Communicate with your colleagues. Let them know where you are going, with whom, and when to expect your return.

  • When meeting with a stranger, do some research on the person from social media, an online bio, etc.

  • Begin the meeting in your office, and introduce the client to a colleague.

  • When conducting a site visit, anticipate your exit route. Park your car in a well-lighted area and in a space that cannot be blocked in.

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