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. This type of development is congruent with the culture, needs, and economies of communities and does not always necessitate the creation of hard-packed infrastructure or of importing new resources which may not be readily aligned with the environment or does not reflect or respect the social needs of an area.
Projects chosen to assist in achieving sustainable economic development in the region focus on building capacity with existing resources and assets, and often in areas of social entrepreneurship, enterprises, and cooperatives. The Land Between sees and supports opportunities in tourism, agriculture, creative artisans and services, local food, and better building.
Some projects we have lead include: the creation of an agile mobile tourism app and related products to enhance tourism; mapping of soils and lands with agricultural potential in gap areas; in our own organization, the creation of a network of entrepreneurs for social sector delivery that is agile; and we have recently taken on a portfolio for better building to reduce footprints.
Check out our work:
Building Between, to advance sustainable, local and lighter residential building practices–and to repurpose an incredibly fantastic historical industrial building