SEED Park: Sustainable Environmental and Economic Development Park
Integrated Systems—Businesses and production systems are co-located wherein the residues produced in one operation become the raw material resources for the next down-stream operation or business. The residues or emissions could include heat, water, wood, plant material, metals, fibers, gases, and other organic and inorganic materials. This co-located and linked business may also benefit by sharing equipment, transportation, personnel, marketing, accounting, and other on-site resources and capabilities.
Business Plans—Detailed plans are developed for each business after close consultation with the client, potential customers, competing interest and an extensive review of the business opportunity. Draft plans are reviewed by individuals with experience and knowledge of the particular business under consideration and by the client before finalization.
Rural Economic Development— The youth are the primary export of many, if not most, rural communities. The quality of life is often far superior in rural communities than in urban environments. Identifying local resources and how others have used similar resources, to develop sustainable business opportunities in rural settings provides a model for job development and retention of youth within the community.
Aquaculture—The production and marketing of fresh or live fish offers opportunities that cannot be matched by imported frozen fish. Many consumers today are concerned about the source of their food and place a high value on products that are locally produced. Food fish produced on fish farms do have value but are of low value when compared to fish produced for the pet and hobby trade. Food fish often sell for pennies per pound whereas ornamental and hobby fish sell for dollars per ounce.
Alternative Energy—Fossil fuels in the second industrial revolution have provided the energy to develop the world in which we live but renewable, sustainable alternative energy will become the backbone of the coming age of hydrogen, the third industrial revolution. The electrical power produced by solar photovoltaic cells and by wind turbines can be stored in the form of hydrogen and the hydrogen can then be used to operated fuel cells producing electricity on demand. This is tomorrow’s technology and there is the opportunity to start moving there today.