ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Changes in our economy -- even during a pandemic -- have positioned Franklin County to take advantage of a number of opportunities for growth and development -- opportunities that cannot be ignored. Individuals are no longer attached to their offices or desk jobs and are making life-changing decisions in search of healthier work/life balances, locations with a lower cost of living, and multiple quality of life conveniences. We can achieve smart growth and sustainable development while not sacrificing our natural resources or what makes our community unique. 

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Creative and innovative thinking is required to enhance our vision and investment in our future. A growing, thriving population is needed to sustain any economy. Franklin County’s population has essentially stagnated over the last two decades. Long-term sustainable growth can be ours through comprehensive approaches that bring new partners with new ideas to the table. I encourage our community to embrace new opportunities and consider the following sectors to move our community forward: education, trades and apprenticeship, agricultural development, manufacturing re-imagined, health care, tourism, and quality of life.