Economic development does not necessarily mean new growth and expansion, but can be an increase in the capacity and utility of the existing resources found within communities. New uses and re-uses of resources, skills, and knowledge can be a dynamic source of economic development. Sustainable economic development is achieved by working with the assets, peoples, and skills readily available in communities and by ensuring that the extraction of resources is done without undermining nature’s capacity to renew itself or by eliminating any ecosystem services.
This type of development is aligned with the culture and long-term needs of communities. It does not always require new development or importing of resources.
Projects chosen to assist in achieving sustainable economic development in the region focus on building capacity by using existing resources and assets. We often focus on social entrepreneurship, collaborative enterprises, and cooperative approaches.
The Land Between sees and supports opportunities in eco and cultural tourism, agriculture, creative arts, and better building:
Building Between, to advance sustainable, local and lighter residential building practices–and to repurpose a fantastic historical industrial building