A hometown holiday checklist

The decorations are up, there’s snow on the ground and excitement fills most homes in our communities now. The holidays are here, with their full-speed ahead pace. As we look for the perfect gift for family and friends, it’s also time to make a shopping list for our communities. Here are a few things you can do this year:

      1.  Sing the praises of your town. Many of us will be talking to friends and relatives who live in other places. Tell them the reasons you live here, and let them know about the great lifestyle we enjoy.

      2.  Light your house, your neighborhood and your entire town—not just with electricity but also with your enthusiasm for making your community a better place to live. Let your kids see that you like where you live and are proud of your hometown.

      3.  Send holiday greetings, perhaps sharing the name and phone number of your local development group president to business friends in other states. Or send a thank you note to the business people in your community who are providing services, jobs and economic stability to your town.

      4.  Attend seasonal programs in your community. You don’t have to be the parent of a student in the local school—just go and enjoy these vital elements of your hometown. A shot of excitement from young people will do you good!

      5.  Give lasting gifts like friendship and kindness, enthusiasm and fellowship, determination and energy. Realize that the key to the prosperity of your community starts with you and your desire to make your town strong. Take the holiday spirit and turn it into something that energizes your community all year long!

      Let’s work together to create a glow throughout our whole region this holiday season—and make next year the best one yet for all of our communities. Happy Holidays!


By Nick Fosheim, Executive Director, Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations



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