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Grow Jobs Closer to Home

Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said that the ability to work closer to home is important, and more likely to occur when a large mix of jobs are located near diverse housing options. By supporting local business growth and workforce training, and looking for opportunities to locate housing in mixed-use and employment areas, our communities can increase the number of jobs located within a convenient distance of housing.

How Do We Get There?

  • Support regional alignment of business development and recruitment.
  • Expand education and training in the region’s target sectors.
  • Promote redevelopment and revitalization through infill.
  • Educate officials, planners, and professionals about education and workforce implications for economic development.
  • Align land use with economic development planning to support community goals and priorities.
  • Identify and resolve barriers to constructing new housing consistent with a community’s needs.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Use local businesses and services - Shop Local!
  • Use Career Headlight and other local job resources to find positions in your area
  • Talk to your employer about telecommuting or flexible work schedules

Local Food Councils

Return on Investment

Farm to School

Rural Transportation

Main Street Programs

Strategic Economic Assessment Planning with Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Eric Sehr

Mall-Suburban Corridor Retrofits

Access to Early Childhood Education

Public Engagement Tools and Techniques

Regional GIS Data Center

Healthy Food Access Portal

Heritage and Agri-Tourism

Regional Cooperation

Ken Hawkins

Voluntary Agriculture Districts

Flazingo Photos

Career Headlight

DC Greens

“Buy Local” Campaign

Adaptive Reuse of Buildings


Mixed Use Development and Design Guidelines

Farm to Table

Land Use Modeling

Historic District Designation

Brownfield/Greyfield Redevelopment Toolkit

Business and Education Training for Farmers

Educating Officials about Housing Diversity

Newcomer Community Resource Guide

Fare-Free Transit Service

Workforce Housing Incentives

Complete Streets

Clean Construction Assessment

Broadband Access