I am following a website/blog post of two ladies Deb Brown and Becky McCray. Their website is http://saveyour.town The following is a blogpost that they posted recently. If you are interested in following them, just go to their website and sign up for emails.
It used to be, in the 50’s and 60’s, downtown was the hoppin’ place to be. You did all your shopping there, took the kids out for entertainment, did your banking and went out to eat. Then the 70’s and shopping malls came along, transportation was easier and women went to work. Downtowns were now passe – everyone went to the mall and drove further for more.
Highways are bypassing towns, or go through the edge of town. Shopping online is giving serious competition to the smaller guys.
We’re not going to revert back to the past, ever. Things have changed and now we have the opportunity to provide for the citizens that are living here now. Studies reported this year during Small Business Saturday more people were shopping in small, local stores. There’s a move to supporting the stores that have unique, different, hard to find items providing serious love to the customers. More people are also working remotely. I just heard that 30% of the people who work for businesses in Washington D.C. live somewhere else in the United States. Those numbers are growing.
There are many reasons to live in a small, rural town.
Cost of living is lower.
Housing is affordable.
Generally, the town is safer.
Lower classroom sizes in the schools.
You really can be a big fish in a small pond.
Did I throw you with that last one? I simply mean that your voice matters, your opinion counts, and you are given a better chance to share it. There are advantages to that! You actually can have a say in what is happening in your community. Run for city council, school board, chamber board … you are needed in those places. You can also take your idea and run with it – gather a crowd of like-minded individuals and see what kind of things you can create.
As we approach the New Year, think about ways you can become involved in your town. It can be a small step, in fact that’s a great way to start. Small steps are a great way to try out things. Have an idea about starting a business? Try a pop up first, or a business inside a business. See if it will work before you invest a lot of money and time. Talk to people, gather a crowd and start making connections. Who’s got some good ideas? See if you can get together and make some magic happen!