Holistic is a word we often use in terms of health, as in mind and body working together, or mental and physical health being connected. In general, thinking holistically means that we think about interconnections and inter-workings, not just one specific focus area.
I think it’s more important now than ever before, no matter your industry, to think holistically about how your business fits into the landscape. And that’s how I see the economic development field growing and evolving. It makes it harder sometimes for the public to understand what our work as economic developers entails. But hopefully this column will explain how the field is currently growing and changing.