GUIDING PRINCIPLE

STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY

FACILITATE A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY THAT SUPPORTS SUSTAINABLE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AND ENHANCES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ITS CITIZENS...

Creating  and retaining a strong local economy is essential to the success of a community. A strong local economy is based not only on the number of employment opportunities, but the types of and quality of jobs made available. A local economy is significantly strengthened by the amount of money coming into the economy from outside the local area, and the availability of high-wage jobs as provided by its primary industries. Generating new employment opportunities at higher than average prevailing wage rates creates demand for additional business services such as retail operations. It is important that the County support job opportunities for the varying educational and skill sets within its workforce. 

As a community that essentially reached build-out, redevelopment becomes the focus of the County. While redevelopment can offer challenges, the County can build on its many strengths to accommodate growth. Redevelopment should address urban design and land use patterns that support the local economy and quality communities that support the workforce. 

Image of an Existing Big Box Retail Store before redevelopment.

BEFORE

BIG BOX SITE REDEVELOPMENT WITH A NEW MAIN STREET

(Sprawl Repair Manuel; Galina Tachieva 2010)

AFTER

what supports a strong local economy...

Image of a mixed use development with retail stores on the ground floor and residential units on the upper stories.

Mixed-Use Development

Image of an Employment Center depicting job opportunities.

Job Opportunities

Image of Clearwater Beach in the evening.

Tourism

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