Monday, March 24, 2014

I Am Proud To Say That Rural America Is Still Thriving- But, We All Have To Change Our Way Of Thinking

OK~ Boy, did this article catch my attention today. Have you seen this one? Is rural America a thing of the past? The data shared in this article is somewhat shocking, when I see it in all of these colors. The area I live in is pink and red, which is declining and accelerated declining.


So, one has to ask, "Where is everyone going?" It appears that many are leaving due to jobs. When in fact, every single day I read in our local newspaper, and on social media websites that folks in our area are hiring. Many of these jobs are labor oriented, they do not require a college degree, though some do require one.

Our boys graduated from high school in 2009 and 2013. All we heard from 6th grade on was, "What college will they attend?" It seems that our society got caught up in the saying that all kids need a four year degree. Four year college degrees or more are fabulous to have, but they are not a guarantee for a job in a particular field. Our kids need to realize that life does not go as planned. I have said it many times, my path looks like this: A to C, Y to N, and H to B- life is full about making adjustments and moving forward!

It appears that we have a crisis in our area. Employers are not finding fully qualified, employable individuals. This means applicants may have to have some type of specific training to fill a job. An example may be a welding certificate, auto repair certificate, and the like. Many of these jobs involve manual labor.

On the other hand, when I go online to seek out jobs with our soon to be 19 year old I do see that many of these positions require 5-10 years of experience. Would someone enlighten me as to how a 19 year old with a specific certificate is supposed to get one of those jobs? It appears to me that employers are going to have to realize that they may need to train younger people if they want to employee people that can fill their jobs.

Rural America is my home and I don't think it is fair to say it is a thing of the past. I think it is fair to say that it is changing. Change happens daily, it's called life! This view- this is what Rural America is about... What do you see when you see a picture like this?



Do you see a field that will provide food for families all across the world? I also see a driveway that offers access to the farmer's field. Quiet, clean air, and a way of life I am proud to know! Do you know this way of life in Rural America? In my opinion, it's still alive and well! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


10 comments:

  1. Interesting topic, especially since I work for an economic development firm in western Iowa- and yes, I see the same thing. I add jobs to our company website. ALL kinds from farm to production to medical to upper level executive. Parents needs to understand your children MAY NOT be college oriented and that's ok ! Not every kid is cut out for a BA in accounting and then sent off to the city to NOT get a job in their field and end up working 2 or 3 PT jobs to survive. Rural American CAN BE thriving if people really explore what's here!!

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  2. I love being in rural America and too believe there are and need to be opportunities for all. I hear all the time that young adults move away and then come back (after they get that experience, "lived their dreams", etc.). Why can't young adults be qualified for jobs now! Why can't they live their dreams in Rural America! I am so thankful that I am living in Rural America as a young American.

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    1. It's all about perspective.You are right, many do move away and return when they can find a job. Quality of life is very good here! Just think how lucky we are in regards to pollution and clean air? That's a HUGE draw for me!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughtful post! I think it's been interesting for Jake and I to have been city kids for our whole lives and move to a more rural community. You make great points about jobs and I agree that four year colleges aren't for everyone. There seems to be less job opportunities here and the wages are lower. I'm happy to see a Fortune 100 coming in and offering livable wages. I also think it's inspiring to see you paving your own way and starting your own business, being optimistic, creating social media networking groups and teaching the community how to use social media, blogs, websites, etc. It's really awesome.

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    1. Thanks Jeni! Our community is excited to have you here and I look forward to getting to know you better. We are lucky to have this Fortune 100 Company coming to our area, it truly is a win-win for all of us!

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  4. glad you saw that article! It blew me away too -- so much in fact that I'm having some major discussions with employers and schools around here. We've been working very hard in this area to revitalize - and I agree with you, it's change indeed. Stay tuned Sara -- Iowa can and will be in the forefront.

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  5. Revitalization needs to happen soon! Thanks for all you do, Deb. I know you are working hard on economic development in Iowa, and it is appreciated!

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  6. Super interesting map. I've been hearing a lot in the news about the trades and the need for further training. It will be interesting to see the shift in the next few years as many manufacturing jobs come back to the US as China's middle class grows, and the wage gaps close.

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    1. Yes, the map is an eye opener that is for sure!

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