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

Magic Doors

The farmer growing up never spent much time in big cities, so when his son was 6, his wife insisted they go to the “city” to do some back to school shopping.  At the mall, the farmer and his son were amazed by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again.

The little boy asked his father, “What is that, Dad?”

The farmer, never having seen an elevator, responded, “Son, I don’t know what it is.”

While they were watching, an old lady with a cane slowly walked up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady walked between them and into a small room. The walls closed and small circles of light, with numbers, lighted up above the wall. They continued to watch the circles light-up in the reverse direction, and then the walls opened up again and a beautiful 24 year old woman stepped out.

The farmer said… “Son, go get your mother.”

In terms of Economic Development, like the farmer and his son’s amazement in the technology of the elevator, I am amazed with all the new technology we have all around us today. And it continues to come at us fast. We are on the cusp of a renaissance, a new birth of technological innovation that will dramatically transform the prosperity and quality of life of all Americans.

The innovations are not far off Star Trek fantasy; they are right in front of us. Especially if we get off the couch and go work to make them into reality! But Heath, what can I do here in Tama County? Glad you asked….. here’s where you can start – on September 9 at 5:30 pm is our next PITCH & BUILD COMPETITION. It is energizing to hear new ideas from people, hear their desire to see a brighter, stronger economic future in Tama County. Come and do your part.

Tama County Economic Development helps people validate and grow their businesses. The 3 basic building blocks of a business – you just need a product or service (a talent), a group of people willing to pay for it (a customer/s), and a way to get paid. Put the three together, and congratulations— you’re now a business owner. With all of today’s technology in place, it is the cheapest and fastest time in our nation’s history to start and grow a business.  So get your idea scratched out on the back of an envelope and call our office 641-484-3108 and get an appointment to start validating your business idea today.



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