Over the next several months, the Long Term Vision, Strategy and Asset Team (Vision and Asset Team) will be identifying economic and community drivers that reflect the vision of citizens of the region. Community involvement is critical to the success of this initiative and we will actively seek volunteers to support this initiative.
With the input from the citizens of the region, the Vision and Asset Teams primary goal is to create a roadmap with clear goals and objectives of what our region will look like in the future. This is an opportunity to shape our community for the next 10 to 15 years. Citizen input is critical to the success of this project.
The mission of the Vision and Asset Team is to create a growing, sustainable, and diversified economy for Koochiching County. Even before the May 2013 announcement of major, permanent production and workforce reductions by Boise Inc. the region was experiencing an economic decline. Between 2000 and 2012, Koochiching County lost 13 percent of its jobs and eight percent of its employers. A vision and strategy are required to put the region on a path to long-term prosperity.
The Northspan Group will facilitate a broad-based community engagement process that will result in an economic development plan setting a strategic framework and course of action with the following components: