Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.

Quality of Place (QOP)

Quality Of Place

Quality of Place (QOP) is becoming much more important in economic development. Young people today more and more will first decide where they want to live and then look for a job in that area, rather than follow a particular job opportunity. Starke County's QOP Initiative is a jointly led effort by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) and the Starke County Chamber (SCCC) to help encourage and provide support to small, local projects that can help make Starke County a better place where people want to live, work, invest and play.

There are so many great things already going on in Starke County and so many great organizations working on these things. One of our roles is to help build partnerships between these organizations. However, we tend to be project oriented, where we are looking to help move a particular project along or help those volunteers clear a hurdle so they can complete their project. In short, we're looking to "find good people who are doing good things and help them do more of them."

Two areas of focus came out of our initial meeting in June 2016 . . . activities that we thought could help enhance the QOP in Starke County. The Bass Lake / Trail Group is working on further connectivity to and enhancement of the Erie North Judson Trail. The Young Leaders' Group is working to bring young leaders from the County together to network and work on activities like WoodStarke (September 10, 2016) and other county wide projects.

Meeting dates are posted on the SCEDF and SCCC Facebook pages and on the Community Calendar. People of all ages are invited to join the QOP initiative. Please contact Lisa at 574.772.5627 or for more information.