POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Trends impacting policy development pertaining to the MIDAS Region include:

    • COMMODITY AGRICULTURE
      Commodity agriculture will no longer drive the regional economy.

    • OUTMIGRATION, LABOR SHORTAGES, AND IMMIGRATION
      The area is experiencing outmigration, labor shortages, and immigration.

    • INCREASING COST OF SERVICE
      There is an increasing cost of services.

    • DECLINING POPULATION
      The area has a declining population.  All counties in the MIDAS region saw their peak populations prior to 1940.

    • INCREASINGLY ELDERLY POPULATION
      The population is becoming increasingly elderly.

    • POLICIES FOR ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING
      • Close the digital divide
      • Encourage the entrepreneur
      • Leverage the "New Agriculture"
      • Preserve the rural landscape
      • Boost the human capital.
Feel free to contact MIDAS Staff with any questions regarding Policy Development!