by Andrew Redden
While on Twitter, I noticed this article titled, "How to keep small towns from disappearing". While it was published almost two years ago, the points made throughout haven't aged.
The key message is that entrepreneurs may be the answer to small towns. The author, Rick Spence, notes that the best solution would be "for local communities to forget about attracting industry, and focus on retaining people, especially creative, entrepreneurial types who don't need to go to big cities to start companies." He goes on to note that locals and leaders in the communities need to "talk up their communities" and encourage young people and other current residents to stay citing the lower cost of living among other benefits.
Spence's message supports the measures as outlined in Hastings County's new Economic Development Action Plan. Have you viewed it yet?