This time of year we tend to focus on the things that mean the most to us: family and friends, memories of childhood—and home. Our hometowns provide a unique appeal during the holiday season, with familiar scenes and much to do. They are the places that make every day of the year special for us—and the holiday season reminds us of things we can do to return the favor.
1. Appreciate your community. There’s no place like home, for the holidays or any other time. Each of our communities is different, with unique celebrations, gatherings and traditions. This is a great time of year to think about the ways in which the place you call home is special—and share those thoughts with your family, friends and neighbors.
2. Participate in your community. Volunteering is always a good idea, whether it’s by serving on the local economic development committee, running for public office or helping in a community cleanup effort. There are a number of meaningful ways to participate in December, by attending school and church programs, helping to organize downtown shopping events or getting some of your neighbors who are less mobile out and about to take part in community activities. Look around and you’ll find a number of ways to be a part of your community’s seasonal hustle and bustle.
3. Sell your community. If you have relatives and friends from other parts of the country—or children and grandchildren who have moved away, who are visiting this season—now is a great time to share the reasons you live in your hometown. You never know when a business owner may be looking for a new location, or when a loved one just needs a good reason to come home for the holidays for good. Share the positive attributes of your hometown with everyone you meet.
Celebrate your community this season in all the ways you can, and have a safe, joyous and festive holiday as we prepare for an exciting and prosperous New Year!
By Nick Fosheim, Executive Director, Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations
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