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Goal Of ‘Project 2025’ Is To Revitalize County

January 18th, 2020 Comments off

A strategy to address two of the most serious challenges facing Potter County in the new decade was unveiled on Thursday by¬† Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Paul Heimel and Barry Hayman. “Project 2025” is a blueprint to reverse the steady descent of the county’s population, coupled with the growing outmigration of young adults. These trends have serious implications for the future vitality and quality of life in Potter County. Most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures reflect another 5-percent drop in population, from 17,462 in 2010 to 16,622 as of June 2019. At the same time, the county’s median age has gradually risen to 47 years, far above the statewide median of 41.

The commissioners have assigned two of their department heads, Planning Director Will Hunt (right) and Community Development Director Ellen Russell (above), to develop and implement Project 2025. They summarized the mission and early research results for the commissioners and several citizens who attended to learn more. Its lofty goal is to assemble stakeholders, conduct intensive research, and implement a strategy to reverse the population loss and median age growth by the end of 2025. Some of the options are spelled out in the 2020-29 Countywide Comprehensive Plan. That document reflects input provided by hundreds of community leaders, business owners, conservation advocates, education and tourism officials, and others with an interest in the county’s future. A website will be developed to serve as a clearinghouse for Project 2025. It will include progress reports, links to helpful resources and other features.