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

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A Polish man moved to the USA and married an American girl. Although his English was far from perfect, they got along pretty well. One day he rushed to a lawyer’s office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him. The lawyer said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances and this conversation ensued:

“Have you any grounds?”  Yes an acre and half and nice little farm.

“No, I mean what is the foundation of this case?”  It’s made of concrete.

“I don’t think you understand, do either of you have a real grudge?”  No, we have a carport and not need one.

“I mean what are your relations like?”  All my relations still in Poland.

“Is there any infidelity in your marriage?”  We have hi-fidelity stereo and good dvd system

“Does your wife beat you up?”  No I’m always up before her every morning.

Why do you want this divorce?”  She going to kill me.

“What makes you think that?”  I got proof.

“What kind of proof?”  She going to poison me. She bought a bottle at drugstore and put it on shelf in bathroom. I can read English pretty good and it said: POLISH REMOVER.

Recently I attended three workshops seeking new, innovative practices from other Iowa communities that were willing to share community development best practices.

  • Woodbine – community housing development
  • Elkader – downtown retail in the 21stcentury
  • Burlington – downtown building façade improvements

These workshops were hosted by Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) through the Iowa Model Communities Program. The goal of the program is for successful towns across Iowa to model their best community development practices to other local leaders across the state.

It’s a Good News / Bad News thing. The Good News was the information gathered at these workshops was very good. Each workshop outlined all the necessary steps each community undertook to achieve success.  Now the Bad News – all three of the model communities said the same thing when asked what was the main secret in achieving success. They all said IT TAKES EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY BEING ON BOARD AND INVOLVED.

The hard truth is we don’t have this in Tama County. A very timely case in point, these workshops themselves- for you see our Economic Development offices invited everyone in the county to attend these workshops and not one person from the entire 17,119 Tama County population attended but me.

Looking forward, the next step is obvious: we need people across the county to actually become involved. Everyone reading this article has the opportunity to attend your Economic Development Commission meeting on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at the Tama Civic Center starting at 7:00 p.m.  Bring a friend, all Tama County residents are STRONGLY encouraged to attend.



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