Safety Guide for Economic Development Professionals

Updated in 2023, the Safety Guide for Economic Development Professionals remains the sole resource of its kind in our profession. Recognizing the need for comprehensive safety guidelines in our field, Creative EDC took the initiative to develop and publish the first Safety Guide exclusively tailored to the economic development profession. It is part of our firm’s “pay-it-forward” philosophy.

As economic developers, we often juggle multiple roles including chauffeur, travel guide, and tour leader, frequently spending substantial time with strangers. Considering the nature of our work, which often involves short notice visits with strangers, safety protocols become an important consideration for economic development offices.

In the second edition of our safety guide, we provide valuable information on maintaining awareness, mitigating risk, and developing safety protocols. By implementing simple steps such as having a phone accessible, opting for familiar meeting locations, and regularly communicating with your office, you can implement safety protocols that allow you to do your job more safely.

Printed copies have been shared with economic development associations and participants in professional development training programs as a public service to the industry. Additionally, the guide is available as a free download on our website, accessible to professionals across the nation. This resource includes essential protocols and practices for your office, along with tips and reminders for solo site visits and travel. For easy access, a web-optimized version can be found here.

We encourage you to raise awareness and discuss safety regularly at staff meetings. From our experience, we found that most veteran economic developers have a story or two to share of lessons learned, and every organization can brush up on best practices and protocols. Make safety a priority for your team, and make its priority known.

Top Safety Tips

  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Display confidence.
  • Anticipate your exit route and park your car so that it cannot be blocked in.
  • Park in well-lighted spaces.
  • Keep your gas tank above half-full.
  • Always lock your car and close the window.
  • Keep valuables out of sight in your car.
  • Trust your instincts.

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