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Economies form around natural geographic boundaries, clusters of similar industries, natural resource assets, commute distance, and a common culture or history. These pieces work together to define a regional economy, which often includes and crosses several jurisdictional boundaries of cities and counties. Nationally, economists and the federal government recognize the value of aligning strategies and resources with the needs of regional economies.
Humboldt County is part of the Redwood Coast regional economy, which includes the neighboring counties of Del Norte, Mendocino, western Trinity and Siskiyou counties, and the cities within those boundaries. The export industries of Humboldt County span the region with many companies operating both here and in neighboring counties. Many economic assets, such as productive timber and agricultural lands, micro-climates that provide long growing seasons, recreational opportunities, a desirable quality of life, and high levels of innovation and entrepreneurship, and industries are shared across the region. Obstacles such as lack of interstate truck access, broadband Internet service, railroad, deteriorating infrastructure and geographic isolation are also shared with our neighboring counties in the Redwood Coast region.
These shared assets and obstacles provide good reason to coordinate economic development strategies and investments.
Read more about the regional economy: http://www.redwoodcoastruralaction.org/regions