Sustainable Development

Focus Points


  • Address current mental health programs and substance abuse to lay groundwork for future development.
  • Aggressively promote economic development.
  • Aggressively work on implementing a comprehensive transportation program (i.e. air, bus, cars, etc.)
  • Begin planning, set goals such as preservation of natural resources and work out plans to reach the goals of a sustainable community.
  • Create a co-housing community concept for affordable housing.
  • Create a facility in Sawyer County for higher education devoted to developing sustainable business practices.
  • Create new Med Tech incubator community to address quality of live and assisted living issues - elderly - handicapped - young/we have the population - resource.
  • Educate all of the children about sustainable development and they will share with their parents and grandparents.
  • Explore Eco-friendly clusters - renewable energy options.
  • Focus on importance of agriculture, development for local use.
  • Promote bio-fuel and solar energy collection, processing and utilization to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Promote education, funding opportunities and technology.
  • Promote local infrastructure (hotels, facilities) for hosting small business meetings and conventions.
  • Provide education and monies for promotion of tourism, training and retention of employees.
  • Provide education and support for grass-based and organic agriculture.
  • Review all regulations and compare w/"Smart Growth" communities and make changes to ensure growth is measured against goals.
  • Take an inventory of water/land in trust that can't be developed, as well as that w/environmental damage, then create long term plan.
  • Utilize existing railways to develop manufacturing facilities. Use existing resources to expand business.
  • Work with local entrepreneurs and small business startups with financial and business planning to create "local" jobs. Assist in access to local institutions, county and regional RLF's.