“Where should you move to? Where will you feel at home? These are complicated questions with many variables to consider, so today we’re taking a look at tips on finding the right neighborhood (or city or state) for you, and maps and statistics that might reveal why some areas would be more or less”View More of this story from Lifehacker
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we should all start moving from this beautiful part of Missouri. This is where we call home, and we each have our own reasons for loving our communities.
Whether it’s Farmington, Park Hills, Leadington, Bonne Terre, Desloge, Leadwood, Bismarck, Ste. Genevieve, Arcadia, Pilot Knob, Fredericktown, Marquand, Gumbo, Doe Run, or wherever you’re reading this article, each of our hometowns holds a special place in our hearts.
But looking at this top 10 ways to find the best place to live list got me thinking: “What are we doing as communities to ensure that when someone is searching, our hometown pops to the top of their list?”
As economic and community developers, we are always asking that question…Not just as it relates to citizens, but to companies. We can’t forget that executives in charge of business expansion ask these same questions when considering where they want to live or whether or not their employees would relocate if they asked them.
I don’t care whether it’s the value of the dollar (and Missouri ranks pretty darned well, by the way), the housing market, family (a huge reason people relocate or return to our communities specifically), or another reason. What I do care about is that every business, every government agency, every economic development entity, every chamber of commerce, is taking a look at these issues holistically and repeatedly.
If you’re not hearing about discussions of the tough questions (and I know you hear about them from us), it might be worth challenging the status quo. Maybe they’re happening behind the scenes. Maybe they’re not happening at all. I can’t say. But what I can say is that the only way to proactively harness and direct our own future is to engage in tough questions and come up with coordinated business and citizen-driven strategies to put ourselves on the radar when someone goes at one of these top 10 ways to find the best place to live.