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

The Empty Tube

A Minnesota couple decided to vacation to Florida during the winter- they planned to stay at the very same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday. His wife would fly down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without realizing his error, he sent the email.

Meanwhile…..somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister of many years who was called home to glory following a sudden heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted.

The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date: 16 May 2015

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is hot down here!

The advancement in technology has made virtually everything happen faster. You can learn things learn quicker, communicate faster, events all around the globe are known by everyone almost instantly. In a nutshell, today’s technology has increased the pace of human interaction.

Despite the all the advancement of communications technology, it conversely has made humans more secluded. It has lowered the amount of face-to-face contact individuals once had. Instead of looking people in the eye with face-to-face contact, we now stare at a screen.

Another unfortunate reality of technology growth is that jobs are lost. I believe we have seen some of our unemployment coming from new technologies. Over time, new career prospects will need to be created to deal with and use the new technology. Employment in the long run will eventually rise when businesses create different jobs to go with the new technology.

With the toothpaste out of the tube I do not think we can go back to the days (off the grid) before technology so we need to adapt here in Tama County. Have you thought about how you and your family will change in these rapidly changing times?


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