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


A dog goes into a Western Union office and says to the clerk, “I’d like to send a telegram.”

“OK, please write your message on this card,” the clerk replies.

The dog struggles to properly grip the pen in between his paws but manages to scribble on the card and hands it back. The clerk reads the card; it says “woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof.”

“Oh, hold on here, sir,” he says, “You have nine woofs here. You get ten words for the same price, might as well add one more woof.”

The dog shakes his head in total disgust and replies “But then it wouldn’t make any sense at all!”

Telegrams, buggy whips, rotary dial telephones, pagers (they were also called beepers) were all once very critical to our economy but they’re now referred to as relics of the past. I have written several times my appreciation for the past and all that can be learned from it; I realize we can’t live it now.

Hindsight is indeed 20/20. It seems obvious to us now the advantage of getting into our vehicles and driving to the store, but though I was not alive back then I would wager that a large number of people were fearful of giving up the horse and buggy. They scoffed at motorized transportation as a silly fad.

Why change? Change is scary. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”  I would agree with Emerson. Today fear has created a world full of conformists that are afraid of their own shadow. We are in real need of people with faith and bravery, people that are creative original thinkers who aren’t afraid to swim against the current, no matter what “society” says about it.

Times of big change are here in Tama County, along with it – big fears. Our county has created a big change and people are fearful and anxious. Even in the most positive change, people voice opposition to what is being done. People are comforted with the known (even if it is negative) and threatened by the unknown (as they do not know what it will look like).

Gaining knowledge from the past- how did the U.S.A. attain greatness? Did we quiver in fear? NO! We did it by leading the world in innovation. How did we innovate? We did it through never before seen FREEDOMS that allowed ingenious people to innovate. This is the “can do attitude” that has built our country into a great nation. We all need to realize that the answer to our economic problems is letting people freely build, grow, trade, and innovate.

Tama County is on the cusp of innovation that will dramatically transform the prosperity and quality of life of every resident.  Our biggest enemies are – fear, doubt, unbelief, and red tape happy bureaucrats who are determined to control, or slow these innovations.

Like the dog sending the telegram we must clearly communicate our innovation, to everyone.



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