Asset Mapping is a popular tool for community development. You start by listing all the assets your town has. Go ahead, give it a try.
You may not possess all of the following advantages, but here are some possibilities to help prime the pump on your brainstorming session (most are plagiarized from a session I was involved with today):
Revolving loan organizations
Development grant programs in place
Empty office space (glass is half full)
Strong ministerial associations
Natural environment and/or outdoor recreational options
Transportation and logistics facilities left from the smoke stack era
Adequate health care facilities
Low crime rate
Broadband Internet access
Reasonable access to an urban area
Child care availability
Basic food sourcing options
Go ahead and try to make your own list.
Reminder to check out: www.TheSEP.org