Lessons Learned

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Since inception the Berks Alliance has learned, observed and experience a great deal about Community Development. Among the lessons learned:

  1. Community development is not easy. It requires substantial effort across a sustained period of time
  2. Collaboration isn’t easy.  It’s important to do a lot of listening. Yet, collaboration is essential.
  3. Not everyone will agree 100% of the time. However, a lot can be accomplished if the focus is on the things at can be agreed upon.
  4. Investors and advocates will come and go over time. But, through sustained commitment and focus a great deal can be accomplished.
  5. A small group of people can make a difference.