Counties unveil Community Revitalization Plan;

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Takes next steps to win millions for economic development

For six months, local leaders in the region have been hard at work developing a Community Revitalization Plan to guide the region’s economic future. They unveiled the plan Nov. 9, which will determine whether the region will advance in the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition for a chance to win the contest’s $3 million grand prize.

The comprehensive plan coordinated by the Southwestern Commission aims to fuel the momentum behind ongoing efforts to establish a recognized brand for the region, support and assist in the expansion of existing business and industry, create an environment which supports and fosters entrepreneurship, promote and expand regional tourism opportunities, reduce isolation, revitalize and strengthen communities, and expand community capacity. By putting this at the heart of the community’s plan, local leaders believe they have constructed a strategy that can drive the community forward.