Iron County UW-Extension continues to help the community strengthen the local economy. In addition to directly creating jobs, the community recognizes that it must also create the kind of place that people will want to live and where businesses will want to locate. To accomplish this, we our collectively working to build on our strengths and our assets, thereby maximizing our competitive advantage for attracting people and businesses.
Building on the community’s assets will be a major theme of the 2016 update to the Iron County Comprehensive Plan. According to Community Resource Development Educator Will Andresen “Our 2006 plan focused on protecting our many natural resources. This time, in addition to protecting our natural resources, we will be building support for investing in other community assets, such as trails, downtown development and quality of life.”
In support of this, Iron County is also working to expand broadband, allowing those who want to live in Iron County better access not just to our nature-based resources, but also to enhanced broadband – allowing them to work and live where they play. The county is happy to report that it received a Public Service Commission grant in the amount of $41,914 – bringing enhanced broadband to many new homes and businesses in Iron County in the spring and summer of 2016.