Select Page


Why is Franklin County At Risk?

Twenty-nine miles of Franklin County is proposed to be part of a high-power transmission project called Independence Energy Connection (IEC). Each mile of the project will have up to seven, 13.5-story towers. Along Franklin County’s 29-miles, the line would cross high-quality and long-standing agricultural land, a Class A trout stream, diverse bird and wetland habitats, a documented corridor of the Underground Railroad, more than 200 years of German history and culture, and an amazing view shed that visitors say reminds them of Bavaria, Germany. It would impact the value of residential property owners, remove acres of farmland from bearing crops, and stifle expansion of existing industry.  READ MORE


“Conservation at the landscape scale offers a means of empowering communities to conserve the interwoven fabric of resources that are so critical to our sense of place and quality of life. Despite the ever-deepening technological mask that strives to obscure this truth, our human lives are dependent upon the land on which we live.”

~ by Jon Peterson from an article called “More Than A Footpath: Thinking Across Landscapes,” appearing in A.T. JOURNEYS May-June 2014

Franklin County is not without economic development, nor is it a boom or bust economy.  It is a county that worked thoughtfully to bring industry and manufacturing to the county while respecting existing industry. Franklin County sees value in ensuring that the county remains a good place to live, work, and recreate. Over the past 15 years, Franklin County has been in the top ten growing counties of the state. In some years, it was the county with the most growth. It strategically worked toward a balanced path of economic vitality and character of place, attentive to healthy growth and striving to maintain corridors of agriculture and tourism.

Learn more about Franklin County’s economy: