Momentum is building, and the evidence of imminent expansion is accumulating. Businesses are searching for new, exciting locations that offer lower costs, beautiful surroundings, and work-life balance. Since 2002, the business community has grown by 23% and the population continues to increase. It’s also worth noting that changes in building permits are often one of the first indications of changes in the surrounding economic conditions. People are discovering the potential of our region, so now is an exciting time to be a part of it.