Revitalization and business development are not just American concerns. Of course not. While it may be difficult for some Americans to conjure up ideas of what that might look like overseas, examples are plentiful. Leave it to a world traveler like musician Jim Salestrom to stumble upon gems of redevelopment and revitalization like Saxa Vord. Yes, that picture up there - nestled in the Shetland Islands of Scotland, Saxa Vord resort makes use of an old military base. The resort is owned and operated by Frank Strang, an investor and visionary. When the Royal Air Force moved out of Saxa Vord in 2005, Strang purchased the base intent on creating a stunning resort location from the base housing.
Without the RAF, Saxa Vord and neighboring, close-knit community of Unst lost much of it's workforce and a resulting decline in business. Now the resort plays host to vacationing locals and other adventurers, with hotel accommodations, a restaurant, and local Valhalla Brewery as well as a distillery, producing Saxa Vord's own Shetland's Reel gin.
In this week's show we talk, overseas with Frank Strang as well as Jim Salestrom about concepts of redevelopment here and abroad. Thanks to Salestrom's extensive travels and connections, we are honored with this insider's look at redevelopment success.
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