Livability and community vibrancy attract new development, large employers and their living wage jobs. Building parks, having greenspaces, trails and other community assets support livability. Eco-tourism and places for cultural events and recreation are important drivers for the local economy too. This all increases property values, supports local businesses and expands job opportunities.
Health and Well Being
Access to natural areas and outdoor activities increases physical and mental health. Health and wellness activities; walks, fun runs and biking eventsreduce stress and build community kinship. Knowing neighbors and community members increases safety.
Engaging youth in positive pursuits can decrease obesity and build life long recreation and social skills. These skills and supports help youth to resist involvement in gangs and experimentation with drugs, alcohol and other high risk behaviors.
Stewardship of Nature
Protecting our way of life. Natural resources protections are critical to clean water and air. This is best accomplished with local leadership coalescing to represent local interests. These efforts enhance land use rights while fostering economically sound conservation and restoration practices. Green spaces are buffers for development, habitat for wildlife and they provide protection of scenic vistas.