The Come-Back Give-Back Approach to Community Development          

Economic Development is a choice. It is willed with in an economy. Economic development occurs when local leaders choose to identify, invest in and develop their competitive advantages enabling workers, firms, farms and industries to better compete.
— Steve Buttress

What is HomeTown Competitiveness?

HomeTown Competitiveness is a unique approach to rural development that was created in Nebraska.  Based on four pillars - entrepreneurship, charitable assets, youth and leadership, HomeTown Competitiveness is a locally-based framework built on Branch County's strengths, not someone else's idea of what we need! 

The four organizations heading up the HomeTown Competitiveness initiative in Branch County are:  Branch County Area Chamber of Commerce, Branch County Community Foundation, Coldwater Downtown Development Authority and Branch County Economic Growth Alliance.