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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

Outside the Pizza Box

A college pizza delivery boy arrived at the house of Mr. Smith. He knocked on the door and handed him the pizza. After receiving it, Mr. Smith asked: “What is the usual tip?” “Well,” replied the youth, “this is my first trip here, but the other guys say if I get a quarter out of you, I’ll be doing great.” “Is that so?” snorted Mr. Smith (a bit ticked off). “Well, just to show them how wrong they are, here’s five dollars.”  “Gee thanks,” replied the youth, “I’ll put this in my school fund.” “What are you studying in school?” asked Mr. Smith.

The lad smiled and said: “Applied psychology.”

Like the delivery boy we too need to apply some psychology to our economy.  Looking beyond the humor of the story you see something very interesting…. The delivery boy did not settle for the same tip as everyone that delivered pizza to the Smith’s in the past, instead he used a CREATIVE approach to get a different result.

You hear it all the time – (I think we get numb to the real meaning) thinking “outside the box”.  All who had delivered pizzas in the past just accepted the “reality” that they would always get a lousy tip at the Smith’s and went on with their lives. KEY POINT- in accepting the status quo – you sit back and do nothing (giving up on ever seeing a different result).  When we choose to sit back and “do” nothing (yes, choosing not to act is taking a form of action) we are heading in the wrong direction.

When you apply this rational to the subject of Tama County’s economy we need more people that are willing to stop accepting the status quo.  All I’m asking you to do is show up and get involved in your town’s government. This is not some complicated crusade that is going to consume your entire life, just attend two meetings a year and let your opinion be heard.

Tama County’s local towns are operated by a network of hard working volunteers.  They commit countless hours to tackle everything from budget cuts to arts & culture. These are often very important elements of community living that don’t always get the time and attention they need from the general public. Don’t think you’re qualified? Your passion for an issue can often offset any direct experience you might not have. Take Action: Visit our site www.tamacountyiowa.org and search our communities for the date and time of your town’s council meeting.  If you’re not online, call our office 641-484-3108 and we will show you where you can get involved.  You can also friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The next time you get a pizza delivered to your door remember two things 1) Don’t accept the status quo and 2) don’t be stingy with the tip!! ;)


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