Looking ahead 20 years to create a regional plan is a big job. Like all big jobs, we are beginning with small steps to make sure we stay on the right course and invest our resources responsibly. Launch 2035 is not a glossy plan that sits on the shelf, but a call to action from leaders across the region to find and go after economic opportunities that benefit the entire region.
In year one, we selected three high-priority areas of focus where we believe the investments we make and actions we take can have positive ripple effects – generating new jobs and business opportunities – across the region:
These three issue areas share several traits. They present opportunities for regional action where working together benefits the entire region. They offer the prospect of quick results – we believe that we can identify strategies and investments that can create tangible change for our region over the next 12-18 months. Finally, and most importantly, they are issues that demand private sector leadership. While we plan to work with local elected officials, we believe that business and organizational leaders working with a long-term view will ensure the success of this effort. In addition, we are investing our time and resources to pursue this goal.
We encourage you to join us on this exciting journey!