Water bodies are often a community’s greatest asset for promoting economic development. Historically, they were transportation routes, power sources, and public water supplies. Today, they serve all these purposes and more. They are improving real estate values, attracting visitors, producing jobs by enticing employers and improving recreation and quality of life for residents. It requires careful planning for waterfronts and rivers to serve multiple purposes. Crane Associates uses environmental economics, market analysis, community engagement, and over 20 years of field experience in water-based recreation and river management to find the optimal balance of uses for a community’s water resources.
We have a beautiful waterfront in Windsor, Vt. that is totally neglected and underutilized. Michael gave us a number of exciting ideas that have the potential to transform this resource into one of our Town’s most important assets.