Ely: At the Crossroads -- How local ingenuity can generate sustainable business

Ely: At the Crossroads -- How local ingenuity can generate sustainable business
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Growing and sustaining employment through innovation, while maintaining and enhancing this world-class natural environment –- this is the challenge and opportunity of healthy, self-sufficient communities in these economic times. Ely, in the midst of Minnesota’s prized lake country, stands at the edge of both Iron Range and wilderness. Clean fresh water is rapidly becoming the most valuable global resource. MN is one of the richest water states in the world. How can we protect these natural gifts and still create jobs that provide a sustainable living for ourselves and the generations to come?Everyone knows some special, unique qualities or conditions where we live. Everyone has special interests and talents and skills. How do we marry these human resources with the natural resources to build sustainable communities? How do we replace a destructive, boom-bust extractive paradigm with an imaginative, enhancing sustainable paradigm.At The Crossroads is a small group of individuals who are passionately interested in how history moves in repetitive patterns. Each time we return to a crossroads, we have a choice. We can either repeat the same patterns of the past, leading us in a direction of familiarity, or we can make a different choice.©2009 At the Crossroads FilmsWebsite: AttheCrossroads.info