Actually, there’s a third component to all this, and that’s marketing this community to home builders and advanced manufacturing companies. The people in the Mays area, for example, are worried about the future of their school. If I were them, I would rally the troops and figure out a way to acquire about 10 acres on the edge of town. Then, I would divide those 10 acres into about twenty half-acre lots for housing. Finally, I would offer those half-acre lots to any family, willing to move to Mays and build a house, for free! I really would! The benefit to the Mays community of 20 new families – hopefully with kids – would more than offset the purchase of the 10 acres – and it would insure the survival of the school for years to come.
More people are the key to the future, not just for Mays, but for all of Rush County. The sooner we get on with the job, the sooner we’ll stop the gradual downward slide in our population.
That’s –30—for this week.