We still have work to do
We need to continue to attract valley friendly industry and investment into our area, growing our employment diversity and building on the strengths of each community and each area in our shared region.
We have to attract people to work here, live here and raise their families here.
We need to be able give our children the tools and education to go out into the world, learn new things and the economic opportunities to come back to with new skills and new ideas.
We need to support our seniors so that they can be active participants and stay in our communities.
To do this, we have to have the kind of communities that people want to live in. vibrant, diverse, offering a healthy lifestyle and varied recreational opportunities.
We have the tools and the resources to make this happen.
Our community forests are an enormous asset and our farmers, ranchers, railroad and forestry workers give us strength.
Tourism is an important economic driver and we are supporting new opportunities in this growing industry.
We are constantly advocating for and supporting high speed internet initiatives so that we can attract more people whose businesses rely on that access.
We are working on affordable housing, supportive and assisted living and we are working to bridge the economic gap by making sure that all families have access to affordable childcare and educational opportunities.
We are supporting the people and groups that are building our communities.
When I was first elected, I was told that this job could be as small or as big as I wanted to make it.
I took that as a challenge – and I am still up for that challenge.