What is civic pride? Saying you are proud to live in Hand County? Attending a community event? Civic pride is defined as having pride in your community, but it’s so much more than just that. Civic pride brings a community together and makes us feel good about where we GET to live.
Do you remember that song? When I visit with any negative Nelly, I always sing that song in my head while I am listening to everything that is wrong in the world.
I was visiting with a concerned business owner the other day about how things are going in our community… or at least how he felt they were going at this point in his day. I listened to his concerns about our community and the businesses for sale. He went on and on about the bad and the ugly about everything he thought was going on but not mentioning anything good about Hand County.
A lot of people ask what my day-to-day duties all include. It’s a tough question because every single day looks so different than the day before. This week, I worked on a potential new housing development, a grant for infrastructure, a new business loan, business signage, website updates, several meetings with my board, and attended a meeting for one of my favorite events- the Career Here Event!
Not every week here at On Hand is rainbows and butterflies. This last week was not easy in any sense of the word. We dealt with our share of challenges this week just like we do lots of weeks. I visit with a cohort of others in the Economic Development world and we share our struggles and victories and this week, I shared our struggles and they brought me back up with everything I need to CELEBRATE! They also reminded me that this work is hard. Not only is it hard, but not everyone understands it and appreciates it.
I was visiting with someone last week and they asked me what On Hand is doing about ALL of the businesses currently for sale in our community. I took a second to count and all of the listed businesses for sale in Miller right now is at 4. I went to my reports back in May of 2019. When I started in May of 2019, the number of businesses listed for sale in Miller was 12. In the past 3 years, we have been committed to helping businesses find new owners for the future of our community. I have met with dozens of potential new business owners on ideas and plans.