Friday, March 25, 2016

The Tide Is Changing In North Iowa: Embrace The Change

OK~ So there are these reports that come out year after year, that share how the population of an area fluctuates. The county that I live in has been on a spiral of heading downward. The latest report shows another dip downwards. I look at this as a time of opportunity. The tide is changing and I can feel it, right here, in my neck of North Iowa.

I've talked about how demographics have changed over the past 20-25 years. I live a little over a mile from where I grew up. During the 1970's and 80's, farms were much smaller. Therefore, it was not uncommon to have three-four farmers living on a stretch of a mile, which also meant that there were 10+ kids living on that mile, attending a local school. Over time, farmers quickly learned they could not raise a family, while farming 200 acres of ground.Today, we are lucky to find a landowner on that mile and a child to attend school. Lots of land in Iowa is owned by out of staters, therefore; the land is rented out to people that do not live nearby.

I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but it is reality in the area that I live in. As someone who does have a home in North Iowa, I'm pleased to hear of an economic boom coming to North Iowa. With the proposal of a new hog processing operation coming to the area, employing up to 2,000 people, I'd say the tide is changing.

We will need people to work at this plant and the nine county area of North Iowa is all going to benefit. For people that want to move to North Iowa, they will be looking for housing and a quality of life that we can offer families. Schools will need more teachers, as more students will be in the area. Main Street businesses will have more people to set foot through their doors. Experiences await all of us in North Iowa and I'll be the first one to introduce anyone to the awesome we have here. The list goes on and on........

Change is something that I struggle with as I get older, but this is a good change in North Iowa. We cannot make the go alone, it does take a village, and I'm happy to be a part of it. Jobs and opportunities keep us all afloat and hopefully moving more in the positive direction of population growth. And in case you didn't know, Clear Lake, Iowa is home to the BEST 4th of July Celebration in the midwest. We have a lot of awesome in our own backyard and we need to welcome others that want to embrace it. I don't know about you, but I'm excited to share our North Iowa community with everyone that wants to learn more.

Here in North Iowa several people have attended the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club for the past 2 1/2 years. Many folks have made new business connections and have learned how to be safer and smarter online. I see these attendees as some of the best supporters of what we have here in North Iowa. We have a gem of a community, that we often take for granted, and need to showcase the positive. These social media breakfast attendees understand the importance of networking and the gem that we have here in North Iowa.

How does your community keep moving forward? Is the tide changing in your area? I'd love to hear your thoughts. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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