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Reasons to celebrate our neighbor's success


One of the most difficult aspects of regional economic development is getting beyond the competitive drive that positions one community against another. Sometimes it's difficult, when we hear of the expansion of a growing company in a neighboring community, to applaud their success. What good does it do us, some may ask, if some town fifteen miles away, or just across the county line, adds new jobs and grows their tax base? The answers are often more personal than you'd think. Here are just a few reasons we should all celebrate our neighboring community's success.

      1.  More job options. When new jobs are offered ten miles away, people can live in their hometowns and increase their employment options. A shorter commute is better, and gives you a chance to be home with your family sooner, in time to cheer your local basketball team in the winter and mow the lawn in the summer. It also means young people from your community have the opportunity to find good jobs close to home.

      2.  Maintaining county infrastructure. Our counties are growing—and paying the price for growth. Any business that expands in Lincoln or Minnehaha County helps maintain our county highways and roads, helps pay for law enforcement and essential services and boosts our ability to provide for the new families who find this a great place to live.

      3.  Success attracts attention. There's a reason our two-county area has seen significant growth in businesses during the past ten years. When a company grows or relocates to a community in this area, other businesses take notice. Those companies may take a hard look at the available land in community industrial parks, buildings that might be just right for them and housing developments that may be the homes of their new employees. Or, a town close by may have many of the same advantages. In other words, next time it may be your community's turn.

      So let's all applaud the economic development successes of our neighbors, because their good news is great news for all of us!

 

By Eric Pauli, President, Lincoln County Economic Development Association & Mike Wendland, President, Minnehaha County Economic Development Association

 

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