Livable Communities First
A vision that prioritizes the needs of the year round community first, helps to create a vibrant place that will inevitably attract visitors in a way that a singular usage approach cannot. Investing in the town’s cultural resources, as part of its future growth, will have economic returns and social benefits for all.

Regional Perspective
A regional approach which considers both the needs and values of Port Union and the larger Bonavista Peninsula encourages long-term investment and commitment from a wide range of stakeholders, ensuring continued success.

New Uses for Existing Places
The best way to build a sustainable community is to work with existing resources. Culture of Outports will complete an inventory of these resources and produce strategies for the best way to use, maintain and preserve them as part of the community’s future management.

Cross Generational Engagement
Where prior to 1992 the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador was defined by the traditions and economy of fishing, Culture of Outports provides a unique opportunity to build connections between two distinct demographics, in an effort to establish the future of Newfoundland’s identity.

Place-Based Economies
Many small and mid-sized towns throughout North America are working to redefine their identities through new creative economies. Culture of Outports will examine how similar communities are developing sustainable economies and will generate strategies and criteria for Port Union.

Incremental Growth
As an approach to sustainable development, incremental growth allows for small, manageable investments. These changes can also provide opportunities to test and refine ideas for future investment and growth potential.

Community Values
Culture of Outports embraces the values and priorities of the community. As a first step in realizing the potential of the community, the team will design a temporary installation, which helps to gain momentum for the community build and inspires the community to dream big.

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