Today I was privileged to be a part of the inaugural strategic planning process for the Crossroads Coalition - www.crossroadscoalition.org - the regional economic development group I have been a part of for the better part of the last two years. The particular group I participated in was focused on community development, yet from all reports, the strengths and weaknesses identified by the other groups were similar. Two overriding issues were presented: the need to promote the value of education throughout the region, and the need to identify, and even reclaim, the quality of life that small town rural America can offer.
I am hopeful that the sharing and consolidation of ideas that took place today can ferment into a solid course of action that provides a needed boost to a depressed region.
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