Bristol Bay Regional Vision Project Used to Guide Planning
From March 2010 through November 2011, the Bristol Bay Partnership sponsored the Bristol Bay Regional Vision Project with BBNA as the lead organization. The resulting Vision Statement reflects the shared values, opinions, and concerns of residents that gathered in meetings held in their community. Commissioners attended the meetings and prepared the regional vision statement (See the Bristol Bay Vision Statement on the next page).
Across a far-flung, diverse region with many cultural, economic, and social differences, people strongly agree on their values and goals for the future. The Vision Statement celebrates this amazing unity on these matters:
- Family, connection to the Land and Water, and Subsistence Activities are the most treasured parts of peoples’ lives today and they expect the same to be true 25 years from now.
- Enormous support for Wellness activities to fight the issues of substance abuse and domestic violence, abuse and neglect.
- A high priority for Quality Education to prepare youth with skills to succeed in college or vocational schools.
- An outstanding majority prefers Sustainable Economic Development based predominantly on Renewable Resources, and any large-scale development must not threaten our land and waters.
- People strongly believe they can live healthy and productive lives here over the next 25 years.
This CEDS document identifies local economic priorities consistent with the values and goals of the people that live here as expressed during the Bristol Bay Regional Vision Project. The resulting implementation strategies is designed to enhance the economy, create and retain jobs, protect the preferred lifestyle, while guarding the environment within the context of our “Vision.”