WORK GROUPS

Leaders from across our area are working together as teams focused on current and future economic development efforts.

Planning for the Future

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture is a vital part of our economy.

Farmers, agricultural services and producers are united to identify agricultural challenges and opportunities; and to provide education, promotion and resources to strengthen and reinforce the role of agriculture in our local economy.

 

Main Focus Areas:

  • Ag Promotion/Agritourism

  • Educational Opportunities for Farmers

  • Diversification - Hemp/Other New Options

  • Market Farmland, Opportunities for Farming & Succession Planning

  • Innovation/Technology


 

BUSINESS RESOURCESADVISORY GROUP  

 (BRAG)

Connection to key resources maximizes opportunities for new and established businesses.

Business owners, entrepreneurs, local organizations and small business resource representatives, and other business and community leaders are invited to the table. 

BRAG - working together to address needs of businesses.

Main Focus Areas:

  • Affordable Health Care Options

  • Assessment/Review of Business and Employer Needs

  • Mentors for Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

  • Promotion of Business Opportunities

  • Resource Development and Connection to Services


 

SITE SELECTION

Identification and promotion of available buildings and properties, and connections to essential infrastructure are critical. 

County GIS and planning staff, real estate agents, engineers, and utility representatives are working together for current and future business opportunities.

Main Focus Areas:

  • Available Buildings and Sites

  • Broadband Assessment, Enhancements and Mapping

  • Business Incentives

  • Recruitment and Retention of Businesses

  • Utilities Mapping


 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Successful workforce development and retention require progressive steps. 

 

Business, community and education representatives; human resource staff and local and regional work force specialists are working collaboratively on strategic efforts. Efforts are concentrated to identify, measure and address staffing needs of our employers and job applicants. 

Main Focus Areas:

  • Attraction/Recruitment

  • Barriers to Employment

  • Training

  • Retention


 

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