The Pacific Ring Initiative is ground zero for an important study that may change the way regions approach, learn, plan and prepare for their future. Using an econometric model, data is collected on all sorts of things within a 14 mile diameter ring of Pacific, Missouri. This model projects probable outcomes based on the data, gauging options that, built on the resources and strengths found within this ring, have an increased possibility for success. Employing the model’s indicators, this community can choose and modify what directions they wish to explore. The goal is sustainability with a sound economic base, addressing community needs from a local perspective. And these local solutions might be a starting point that will become the formula for other places around the country, and around the world.