Is your community ready for innovation?

A High Performance Community is a place where the public, civic, and enterprise sectors work together.

It’s a community where individuals, companies, organizations, and government agencies are enabled to be fast, flexible, focused, networked, customized, and global—the hallmarks of an innovative enterprise and an innovation-driven community.

A High Performance Community can be an individual town or city, a county, an urban neighborhood, a regional group, or multi-community and county groups. The key is to assemble a group of motivated people with a common interest.

Today’s High Performance Communities recognize that building upon existing momentum and local capacity is critically important. They also understand that, in the network economy, prosperity is increasingly determined by the power of a community’s connections elsewhere.

Traits of a High Performance Community:

  1. Is connected to high-speed, broadband telecommunications and a functional network of travel, transport, and transit systems for business travel and shipping
  2. Nourishes entrepreneurs
  3. Creates job growth from within, focusing on a higher-skilled workforce and higher-wage technology and information-intensive industries
  4. Thinks globally
  5. Focuses on target industries that build on local interests, resources, and capabilities
  6. Networks vigorously locally and with partners outside the region
  7. Cultivates robust civic institutions and collaborates with other communities

Let’s discover your progress and potential.

The High Performance Community Scorecard is a selection of characteristics and development actions that represent significant elements of the seven High Performance principles.

Completing the index will give you a snapshot of your community’s readiness for innovation and technology-based development.

Discover your community's performance.

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High Performance Community Action Scorecard
Select one box per question
  Aware of Need/
No Action (2)
Started (3)
Action Underway &
Progress Evident (4)
Already Strong
& Improving (5)
Development strategies that focus on working with local entrepreneurs to penetrate higher-value markets and create higher-wage jobs. 2 3 4 5
A culture of entrepreneurship that supports and rewards new ideas and innovation. 2 3 4 5
Management, marketing, financial and technical resources available for businesses throughout the life-cycle, particularly for startups. 2 3 4 5
Transportation connections that meet the mobility needs of business travelers and facilitate sourcing freight from and supplying to other regions. 2 3 4 5
A focus on target industry sectors/clusters that build on local competitive advantages, skills and resources. 2 3 4 5
Linkages between business and research, education and training institutions to upgrade jobs, commercialize and adopt new technologies and enhance workforce skills. 2 3 4 5
A networking organization or process that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and expertise in research, marketing, 2 3 4 5
Flexible, affordable training programs for workers designed with business input to equip workers with skills need by local companies. 2 3 4 5
Connectivity anywhere, anytime to high-speed, broadband technologies that enable electronic exchange of communications and information, i.e. a continuous field of presence. 2 3 4 5
Local firms and organizations connecting and networking with key partners in business and government from outside the region. 2 3 4 5
Export training programs that assist companies in in the development of a customized international growth plan. 2 3 4 5
Local leadership that is responsive to business needs and resourcefully uses available resources to move initiatives forward. 2 3 4 5
Public and private sector participation in multi-community and regional efforts. 2 3 4 5
A "community forum" process that enables civic leaders and citizens to meet and address issues, 2 3 4 5
Your HPC Score:
Maximum 70