Building a sustainable future that protects and shares our natural and cultural resources is the challenge of every small community in the United States. It starts with a vision and Core Sound is working with community leaders to create a community-based vision for Down East and the region.
Major themes are emerging across the region:
Economic development incubation concepts are beginning to identify ways to promote business start-up and development, facilitate product development, create opportunities to add value to products, foster business skills and entrepreneurship, etc.
Asset Mapping Projects – Mapping “leaders” are being designated in the Down East communities and on Hatteras Island to develop the framework and discuss ways to engage community members in the mapping process.
Saltwater Connections – online resource website for community development ideas, information and reference – is under construction by Duke University’s Nicholas School for the Environment.
A group of Hatteras and Down East business owners will participate in the Energizing Entrepreneurship Workshop – NC Rural Center – Windsor, NC – in October.
The community work currently underway will be featured at the NC Rural Center’s Partners Forum in November.
Workshops and field trips for community leadership teams are being planned for 2011.