This describes my vision of where true economic development begins and what is needed to propel a successful economic development program forward.
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The Tree basically depicts a model community and the “fruit” (obviously not an exhausted list) that we want to enjoy. Similar to a tree, a community is only as healthy, stable, and productive as its roots and the “soil” those roots are buried in. In our model we show a thriving Tree buried in soil made up of good communication and education. You can also see that all the roots are made up of people and it is the people that are the tap root and the one element that decides the quality of the fruit. The question becomes, how do we grow our people to grow this thriving, growing, rural root system?
Rural communities are challenged in several areas, but perhaps not more than in establishing opportunities that will offer their youth the choice to stay in their home town once ready to enter the workforce. Too often we lose this younger generation to prospects elsewhere. This ongoing circumstance creates an aged society, which does not revitalize the community.
My vision is to help strengthen our rural towns and counties to be healthy and stable and productive. To bring our education system in the top ten percent of the Nation, expand current businesses, help entrepreneurs establish theirs, and bring in light industry. We also must protect our natural resources that help ensure a quality of life, and protect our freedoms that made our Country so great.
Establishing these will help insure that rural communities will be at the forefront of offering a lifestyle where generations of all ages want to live. Where our young people want to stay and raise a family, grow old, and where we do not burden future generations with overloaded debt and encumbrances.