Seven County Infrastructure Coalition

Socio-Economic Foundation

The population of the Seven County region has changed dramatically over the past 15 years. The growth can be attributed to a long ‘boom’ cycle in the (cyclical) oil industries. The areas that are losing population have industries that are going through major changes. Without different strategies and new efforts, the entire region will likely face continued decline.

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The presence of Tribal lands is not consistent in the Seven County Infrastructure region. Residents of these areas often feel the impact of a slowing economy more than others because many don’t have other options.

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Land Issues

The lack of private, developable land is a fundamentally difficult issue across the Coalition.

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Economic Issues

Extractive industries are the economic anchor for most of the counties in the region.

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The amount of hardship- and age-related payments make-up between 10 and 20% of the money circulating in the separate Coalition counties. These can be important indicators of whether an area has a strong economy. It also shows whether an area is an attractive option to retirees.

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The tourism potential of an area can also be a potential problem for other economic activities – depending on the location and type of amenity that generates the tourism..

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Agriculture and Mining

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The mission of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is to improve the quality of life through cooperative regional planning, increased economic opportunity, and sustainable implementation.

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