A Bigger Perspective

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Just in case you thought we were simply all about dollars and cents and growing the economy, (truth be known that is REALLY what we are all about), we wanted you to know that we are more than a one trick pony.

Over the last 30 days, in the midst of everything else going on in our crazy and busy lives, there have been a host of meetings and ongoing communications taking place that we hope will have a positive effect on our community and the lives of those who call this place home.

The topic of conversation at these meetings of area business leaders and professionals has ranged from how we can be better prepared for the ongoing growth in our County and City, plus to share our collective opinions and thoughts of the actions necessary, along with the opportunities we can take to reduce the number of homeless in our community. 

The purpose for these group gatherings hasn’t been to be in the center of everything, but more so to jointly determine what we can do to improve the quality of life of others who currently do not have a permanent place to reside in our community, and to also undertake some strategic plans to be better prepared for the onslaught of continued growth that started several years ago.  

Trying to help those who need help and be of benefit to those who want to put down roots here, is something that affects economic development, and that is what compels us to be at the table of some of these meetings.   

Some of these topics requires us to engage in the researching of who we really are, (think demographics of the make up of our population) and to be brutally honest about what is good and bad about this place many of us call home. 

Looking squarely into the challenges we have and asking ourselves the hard questions about what is causing some to not succeed, and others to seemingly be blessed, if important to us all if we are to leave this place better than we found it.  

As we work with our peers, trying to solve and resolve the needs of many different socio-economic groups in this area requires scouring for the resources that are available and that we can apply toward improving the area. 

At the end of the day, regardless if we can help one person or one hundred people, we know we will have at least made an attempt to make a difference, and our small role in working with others of like mind will be worth the time and effort.