Finally, they should try to attract more retirees to settle in the park, Herman said.
“Retirees are a great opportunity for our communities. They don’t require a job. They come with an income stream. They generate service jobs in the local economy.”
To get to that level in 25 years, they need to strengthen the communities in the park, Herman said.
“We want our communities to be more dynamic, to be vibrant. We want them to be welcoming of newcomers, people with new skills. People come to start a farm or people come to start a network-based business on the Internet.”
A lot has to happen first, he said.
“All of this is going to require upgraded infrastructure; improvements to health care, especially services for the aging; broadband; cell-phone service; water treatment.”
Newcomb Town Supervisor George Canon said the work done by Herman and Mason should be supported.
“Nobody would disagree that we would like to reverse those trends as well. Good report. I mean these guys do great work.”
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