Folks make towns, not numbers

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

All I know is what I read in the papers. 
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Howdy Friend,

“Stop measuring civic value by real estate prices. A community’s value should be defined by the collective impact of its citizens.”
That comment from Saul Kaplan on Twitter stopped me in my tracks. 
I don’t care how small your town is. I don’t care that some state agency labeled you with bad numbers. I don’t care how many zeros are in your budget. 
I do care about you. I care what you are trying to do. I care that, just for today, you act like you are the one person building a better tomorrow for yourself and your town. 
Yes, the outside world judges you based on statistics like property values, population, jobs, or poverty. But I don’t. 
I judge you based on what you tell me you are trying next. I base my view on how many positive co-conspirators you recruit. 
“Folks make towns, not numbers,” Will Rogers said.

Numbers are useful, but one determined person is more powerful than any statistic. A town full of determined people can measure up far beyond numbers.

Keep making your small town better,
Becky

PS – “Specificity of a place.” That phrase has been dogging my thoughts since I heard it.  For small towns trying to attract visitors, specific places have intrinsic value. Learn what I was thinking in Small town tourism is in the details.” 

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