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    What We Know

    The South Shore is a desirable place to live with a high quality of life, but it faces challenges

    • Aging demographics with a lack of replacement workers for older employees nearing retirement
    • Strong employment base in industries that are consolidating and shedding jobs
    • Local economy based heavily on residential service and consumer needs
    • Transportation capacity, mobility, and long commutes are a major problem

    Lack of planned action could lead to a declining region and a less desirable place to live or work

    • Residential growth without economic growth can overwhelm municipal services and infrastructure
    • Shrinking employment base in higher paying jobs could lead to a loss of skilled workforce or longer commutes
    • Aging population could lead to shrinking workforce and reduced local services, which could make the region less attractive for younger people or businesses that need workers
    • Higher concentration of service  jobs focused on catering to an aging population threatens local economic stagnation
    • Declining economic and jobs base threatens home values - a critical component of wealth

    To preserve what we have, we must change where we are headed

    • Attract younger people, including more families
    • Diversify our economic base
    • Attend to connection between local services, "sense of place and community," and economic growth
    • Capitalize on proximity to Boston by building a stronger regional identity with more intra-regional economic activity and growth
    • Acknowledge that families are a net plus for community strength and economic growth
    • Foster economic strength through growth in a broad mix of industries