Economic development

The Economic Development workgroup seeks to reduce poverty by developing business and attracting public and private investment to grow jobs and decrease unemployment.

Goals of this workgroup include:

  • 3.1: Create widespread regional access to high-speed, broadband Internet.
  • 3.2: Establish a Technology Village and Landing Pad to attract high-tech investment and jobs.
  • 3.3: Develop competitive industrial sites and buildings, particularly those focusing on communications, technology, distribution, energy and telecommunications. Efforts should include development of a mega-site to attract large industries.
  • 3.4: Work with state and federal officials to provide additional business incentives targeted to rural communities.
  • 3.5: Expand transportation infrastructure, including expansion of runways to accommodate jets and connecting existing rail lines to more transportation opportunities.
  • 3.6: Improve existing water, sewer, road and airport infrastructure.
  • 3.7: Establish the Jasper port.
  • 3.8: Establish a regional wetlands bank.


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