59Evidence-based Decision Making andIncreased Communication•Increase crediblescientific evidence and fillin existing data gaps• Increase communicationboth locally andprofessionally.
60Example of a ComprehensiveStudyThese maps illustrate that whilecoral bay itself is seagrassdominated it is also connects tovaluable reef areas which thebay support.
61Research Results to EstablishLocal Environmental Thresholds• Determine mooringcapacities or needs• Determine level of boatuse appropriate for theharbor and surroundingareas• Identify resources that arestressed and should bemore specific areas of care
62Continuing On• Continue or increase competitiveuniversity support• Continue to partner with existinglocal and organizations (there isa need on their end too)• Continue to update existingmanagement plans• Continue performing smallerscale action efforts• Model existing framework and/orapply models used by others
99Building Community Capacityfor Sustained EconomicDevelopmentThe Coral Bay CommunityDevelopment Corporation
100Building a diverse, inclusive,sustainable community that…• Provides a livelihood for the majority of itsresidents and• Builds on its natural assets for enjoymentby residents and others and, lastly• Possesses the institutional capacity to planand influence land use, economicdevelopment and infrastructure decisions
101To accomplish this…• Coral Bay should develop a community-based development corporation that:– promotes area--wide improvement andcollective decision making– encourages sustainable development thatempowers the residents of Coral Bay residentsand their families
102Many variations of the modelthe world over…• Places a premium on community selfdetermination and voice• Promotes collaboration among differentsectors of the community• Participation in the larger economicdevelopment process, while retaining aclear focus on building community andindividual assets
103Getting to agreement onbuilding community capacity• Find your own path to capacity development• You will need structured time to think throughthis investment of time, talent and energy• Consider a dedicated task force whose goal isto plan for implementation of the developmentcorporation• Find “doable” projects that accomplish a goal,while creating a path to communityorganizational capacity
104Milestone Points• Establishing a non-profit corporation• Creating a mission and a set of goals• Building a board of directors with a wide range ofexpertise– Private sector– Public sector– Residents/youth/faith community
105Raising operating and projectsupport• U.S. government familiar with this type ofdevelopment, many agencies offer support forcommunity based development organizationsand projects• U.S. based community developmentintermediaries that can offer technicalassistance:– Local Initiative Support Corporation– Enterprise Partners• Local and U.S. based philanthropy
106Functions• Core functions of the organization should be– establish a data platform that the community canconsistently use as a resource for evidence-baseddecision making in socio economic developmentplanning;– serve as a trusted authority on community needs andplans– evolving into an institution with the capacity to developand implement projects of scale and relevance– develop leadership capacity in the target communitythrough specialized adult and youth programming.
107Possible initialprogramming strategies:•Develop planning capacity that creates a strong policy voice in relationshipswith territory government•Leading a study of the local economy complete with recommendations for:– The development of supply chain linkages for local product and services– Craft production– Preparation of local youth for the local and regional workforce– Inventory of environmental assets•Promoting the preservation of local land assets for long-standing Coral Bayfamilies through (1) mediation (2) low-interest revolving loan facility (3) land trust(possible sources of loan capital, banks, federal government)
108Skill needs and personnel for CoralBay Community DevelopmentCorporation• Executive director with experience intourism economic development• Senior land-use planner • Community organizer