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The Long Term Advisory Council, commissioned by county government to study what key sectors will require to be competitive 30 years from now, presented its findings to the Board of County Commissioners in November. The Times' six-part series takes an in-depth look at the council's findings and the feasibility of their suggestions for the clusters the LTAC studied: business, education, public stafety, agriculture, arts and recreation, and health, as well as how changing technology relates to each.

The Carroll County Long Term Advisory Council health cluster recommends collaboration, infrastructure and environmental studies as key things to think about ahead of 2047.
Technology plays a part in many aspects of health and wellness now, and will continue to be an important problem-solving tool in the future, Carroll County Health Officer Ed Singer told the Board of County Commissioners at the the November Long Term Advisory Council meeting. 
The Long Term Advisory Council tasked with looking at the arts and recreation in Carroll concluded that there is a “huge need for a large multipurpose sports complex” and that within said complex “there must be a large indoor facility as well as several artificial turf fields outside.”
Thinking about the future of recreation and the arts in Carroll County, Union Mills Homestead Executive Director Jane Sewell said technology will play a huge role in the way the county interacts with its residents. And she gave some ideas for how to incorporate technology in county parks.
The Long Term Advisory Council's agriculture committee observed trends of the past to project the next 20 to 30 years of Carroll County's agriculture industry. Chaired by Carroll County Farm Bureau President Dave Brauning, the body said education, technology and infrastructure would be key.
One way to keep dairy farming, and agriculture as a whole, relevant, Carroll County Farm Bureau President David Brauning said, is to keep up with technology and infrastructure, and strengthen the market for agricultural products.
The organization of the fire companies was one of the topics for the Public Safety Cluster of the county’s Long Term Advisory Council.
With the BOCC approving a Next Generation 9-1-1 readiness assessment this month and new databases put to use in recent years, Carroll’s public safety in the future will be blended with the future of technological advancement.
With 2019 on the horizon, some Carroll County community leaders have been looking much further ahead than the new year, with eyes down the road three decades.
As Carroll County thinks about what its residents needs will be in the future, technology and education will be of growing importance, especially in relation to one another, according to a study from the Long Term Advisory Council. 
Although local business owners were asked in a survey what they wanted to see in 2047, Mike McMullin, president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, said the answers undoubtedly were indicative of what they want to see now: new life on Main Streets.
As Carroll County looks to bring in new manufacturers and businesses, technology will be a major factor according to a Long Term Advisory Council study. Carroll County Chamber of Commerce President Mike McMullin shared his findings in a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners.
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