The asset mapping project will require a core team of dedicated individuals. Involvement should be sought from organizations/individuals that could be involved in the action initiatives that will emerge based on the asset mapping. In addition, a region may want to engage an outside contractor with asset mapping experience to supplement the efforts of regional participants.
The composition of the team should include individuals with knowledge of the general asset classes that will be mapped. Ideally, the team will include representatives of the private, academic, public and non-profit sectors, and, more specifically, individuals with knowledge of the workforce, educational and economic development institutions in the region. In addition, it will be important to have one or more individuals with research and analytical skills, and familiarity with creating and managing data bases. Interviewing, writing, and public speaking skills will also be valuable to the team to assist with research and communication tasks.
For larger scale projects, it will be valuable to create a steering committee of respected community leaders who can give guidance on the subject matter and use their convening power to build local support for the effort. A template and checklist to help guide project team creation is included on the WIRED Collaborative Web space.
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