New strategies and further development on projects will become more visible in 2015, Philpots explained.
“At this point, our ‘accomplishments’ are all on a scale,” he continued. “One of the confounding aspects of economic development is the amount of work that goes into a project that cannot be easily checked off, until the project as a whole is completed. If you think of it in terms of other jobs, like real estate, you know a realtor is creating a set of listings, marketing those listings, showing property in his/her listings, negotiating the terms of an offer-counter offer, but he/she cannot “check the box” until the property is sold; so, even though lots of work is going on, sometimes it borders on being frustrating, due to the amount of time that can pass between getting the listing and going to closing. So, at the moment, we have many projects in progress, all at different stages in their development, and we hope to be able to share more information on at least three (and up to five) of these ongoing projects, in the near future.”
Philpots reminds the community that everyone can help economically develop the Harbor. “When considering where to make purchases, shop locally when possible, and give local merchants the chance to compete, rather than assuming that you cannot get a particular item here, or that local merchants cannot compete. To grow our local economy, we need to keep more of the money that people make here, being spent here. To perpetuate growth, we need more of people's income to circulate in the local economy.”