ASAP Community Forum

On Thursday, October 21, 2021, the Western Rural Development Center hosted its first ASAP Community Forum (details below). This video is a recoding of the forum including presentations from Bradley Petersen (Madison County, Idaho); Brent Boswell (Juab County, Utah); Geri Gamber and Jade Powell (Carbon/Emery Counties, Utah); and Eileen Yarborough (Cibola, New Mexico) and Michael Patrick (New Mexico State University). Watch and hear from these community leaders on how they have used ASAP to advance their community's economic wellbeing. 


ASAP Community Forum Details and Registration Information

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 10am - 12pm (Mountain Time)
The Western Rural Development Center invites you to join us for our first ASAP Community Forum!

For the past ten years, the Western Rural Development Center has housed and coordinated the implementation of the research and economic development program known as ASAP, or the Area Sector Analysis Process. During that time, over fifty communities across the Western U.S. have uniquely implemented ASAP and added this analytic tool to their ‘toolbox’ for identifying and developing community and economic diversification strategies. On this 10-year anniversary, we are reflecting on lessons learned, successes and challenges of the program, and the future of community and economic development through ASAP and beyond. This Forum will be a chance for our community partners to share their stories from a wide range of locations and applications of ASAP. We hope you will join the conversation and help us build towards another ten years of helping communities advance their economic development.

Who Should Attend? Past ASAP participants and any community and economic development professionals in the Western U.S. interested in adding to their economic strategy toolbox.

Why You Should Attend!

  • To connect with and gain insights from other rural and urban communities across the Western U.S. on how they implemented ASAP outcomes within their communities.
  • To provide input on ways to enhance ASAP
  • To discuss how communities are assessing and responding to change in the 21st century

Outcomes and Next Steps
How will the Western Rural Development Center and the ASAP Team utilize the information to advance ASAP to further support communities?:
WRDC - Incorporate community feedback into ASAP 2.0 Model to be released in late 2022
WRDC - Secure funding for communities for ongoing implementations
WRDC - Consider new strategies/programs for assisting local ASAP implementation efforts (such as additional features, services, etc.)
WRDC and Forum Attendees - Connect with and build strategic partnerships with other community and economic development entities across the region

How to Participate
Registration in advance is required. There is no fee to attend.

To register, follow this link:
Complete and submit the registration form
If your registration was successfully submitted, you will receive an email confirmation and it will include instructions for joining the forum.
The forum will be recorded and the recording will be made available on this page of the Western Rural Development Center's website. 

ASAP Community Forum Agenda
Welcome and Introductions

Community Partner Presentations and Facilitated Q&A

Madison County, Idaho
Bradley Petersen, Madison County Administrator: Planning, Economic Development, and Floodplain

Juab County, Utah
Brent Boswell, Economic Development Director, Juab County

Carbon and Emery Counties, Utah
Geri Gamber, Executive Director, Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments
Jade Powell, Deputy Director, Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments

Cibola County, New Mexico
Eileen Yarborough, Executive Director, Cibola Communities Economic Development Foundation
Michael Patrick, Community Resource and Economic Development Specialist, Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico State University

Closing Comments and Wrap-up