Friday, April 19, 2013

Wood River Valley needs a new industry

    After being a resident in the Wood River Valley and a business owner in Ketchum for 15 years, it is increasingly clear that we need an industry that will bring people here year around.
    Tourism, real estate, and construction isn’t enough in today’s reality. A patient of mine told me that he thought a small liberal arts college would be fantastic for the vitality of our community and our economy. I couldn’t agree more. The possibilities are endless, given the space and recreational opportunities we have to offer.
    There are many small colleges that might be interested in creating a satellite campus. The recent success of the Community School in Sun Valley could be a model for the kind of curricula that would attract students. The addition of faculty and support staff would be a welcome infusion of economics to our valley.
    We have a wealth of retired professors and business professionals who would greatly enrich the college programs. It would be a win-win for all of us.
Robert Cunningham D.D.S.

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