I will admit, I am a little partial to the Park Inn Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Mason City! The holidays are a little extra special, don't you agree?
So... my mind spins. What are some things that we need to be offering here in North Iowa? Just yesterday I took a stroll through our downtown and sadly I don't think it's much different than other Main Streets across the United States. We have a lot of bare store fronts. The other thing, there were maybe 10 people within a two block radius. To the best of my knowledge for a business to be successful, you have to have people around. How often do you venture out in your downtown area?
And my mind continued to spin. What if we could offer opportunities and experiences that people want in todays fast paced world? I wrote about this topic a few months ago, but yesterday it really hit home. We have a lot of entrepreneurs looking to find their space here in North Iowa. These empty store fronts could be filled with a place for entrepreneurs and forward thinking people to call home. Now, I'm not sure how it could all come together, but I know there is someone out there that will "get" this.
We do have a lot of things in the hopper here in North Iowa, it's just that many are not wanting to wait around to see where these things go. It is true that it takes a lot of people with a vision to make things happen. We have people willing to make some changes and move forward in our community. So... tell me, why do you live where you do? And is relocating something that you take lightly or do you put the for sale sign up and move on?
I do worry about the future of our communities here in North Iowa. We are an aging population, myself included. We do not have young children in our home, our boys are young adults now. Just a few nights ago I was dining with my parents at a local eatery and you know what? Every table in the restaurant was filled with older folks that traveled South for the Winter, just like my parents do. They are home in Iowa for the summer and spending money in our communities. And yes, I do hope to be like them in a few years! The Iowa Winters are not something I favor.
Highlights of where I live:
- Clean water
- Fresh Air
- Open spaces
- Traffic is light
- Family lives nearby
These five things, in my opinion, make North Iowa a great place to call home. So.. what determines where you call home? I'd love to hear about it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?