(Read at your own risk😉):
I’m sure I am getting more outspoken in this position and I never mean to offend anyone, I care. I find I’m always looking from the Ec Dev perspective and how my training and education affects my thinking. My desire is to provide food for thought and possibly cause action, not saying I’m right. My 🧠 never stops thinking. 🤦🏻♀️
Today while driving, I’m seeing in other communities “Hotel For Sale” “Gas Station For Sale”, homes and businesses run down or vacant. Even Clear Lake’s bowling alley/restaurant is for sale. It saddens me as I glance the countryside; it really does. What if those businesses stay vacant and more join them? We don’t know what the next 10 years holds for Deuel County.
It’s not all the ED Director’s job to find a business for this, a buyer for that. This job has a great deal happening behind the scenes. The DADi directors serve because this is important to them.
At the risk of sounding a broken record...It takes ALL of us.
It takes ACTION, on everyone’s part.
It takes collaboration, no grudges, forward thinkers, and loyalty to our communities and to one another’s’.
It means loyalty; trying hard to buy “AT home”— pay taxes support infrastructure etc.
It takes businesses getting websites to at least having a fighting chance against big biz “Amazon” et al. We’re not going to go back in time.
It takes our future government entities, officials and leaders, to be ‘in’ the 21st Century— email, webinars, smartphones, and not looking from the 20th Century.
Money, grants, tenacity, pride, repurposing old buildings, tearing down/building up, civic responsibility, volunteers...its endless...
What doesn’t it take??
We know it does NOT take RAIN 💦💧from our perspectives today. Oh the struggles our areas are facing from that.
It takes us to keep progressing ...in my humble opinion.