"A lot of people called it prison when I was growin' up
But these are my roots and that is what I love
'Cause everybody knows me and I know them
And I believe that's the way we're supposed to live
I wouldn't trade one single day in small town USA."
Today's challenges require us to find the possible solutions that are unique to a place and its people. We must work towards a community that assures each citizen may hope to prosper and benefit from an inspired community life. We need to raise the bar on what we expect for our community and come together to create a stable, safe and healthy town that reveals our unique heritage and diverse values. One of the greatest challenges that our rural community faces today is the need to find ways for economic stability, growth and achieve a high quality of life. Unfortunately, there are limited resources, with limited assistance and access to information or the means for implementation.
We need to focus on the appreciation for the character of a people and its place. I'm looking forward to hiring an architect firm through the EPF grant in the next few weeks that will offer creative and practical skills towards improving the environments in which we live, work and meet. It is my hope that we will begin coming together to identify our community's needs. We will then begin addressing how they might be accommodated with existing rich natural and historic resources of our region, so we can begin to organize our community towards a shared vision. Working with local leadership and partners, it is possible to protect our small home town legacy from fading away.