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

Scary Ride

Bill and Pete left the bar at closing time and got into their car.  Pete was driving and he started it up. After a couple of minutes of driving, they were shaken by a chilling face that appeared in the passenger window that tapped lightly.

Bill screamed, “Look at the window – there’s a ghost’s face!” Pete sped up, but the face stayed in the window. Bill rolled his window down part way and, scared out of his wits, said, “What do you want?” The old man softly replied, “You got a cigarette?” Bill handed the old man a cigarette and yelled, “Step on it,” to Pete, rolling up the window in terror.

A few minutes later they calmed down and started laughing. Pete said, “I don’t know what happened, but don’t worry… the speedometer says we’re doing 80 now.” All of a sudden there was a light tapping on the window and the old man’s face reappeared.

“There he is again,” Bill yelled. He rolled down the window and shakily said, “Yes?” “Do you have a light?” the old man quietly asked. Bill threw a lighter out the window yelling, “Step on it!”

They were now approaching a 100 miles an hour, trying to forget what they had just seen and heard, when all of a sudden there came (you guessed it) some more tapping. “Oh crap! He’s back!” Bill rolled down the window and screamed in stark terror, “WHAT NOW?!!!!” The old man gently replied, “You guys want some help getting out of this snow drift or not?”

What can be gleaned from the tale of Bill and Pete’s “wild” ride home? When you look at the situation logically – spinning your tires causes friction that turns snow into ice, which will cause your automobile to get stuck even tighter. Albert Einstein made this same point when he said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

I believe Einstein’s common-sense adage holds one of the keys to changing our economy here in Tama County. I am convinced that our biggest single obstacle to economic success remains one single thing … ourselves.

Every person that lives within the borders of Tama County has a choice; we can continue spinning our tires by leaving our economic growth to someone else (people in Des Moines or Washington) or we can take positive action to pursue our own economic growth.

Now before you tune out and say “I’m too old or I don’t have any time or talent to add”. Consider this – without action – nothing ever gets done. In order for Tama County to change it will take EVERYONE (yes you) realizing that they have to actually become INVOLVED. You can call our office at 641-484-3108 or email us info@tamacountyiowa.org  and we will show you how you can get involved in 2014.


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