Determining the destiny of our local communities and region is of paramount value. Only with sound stewardship and planning can a future course be accomplished. Jobs, careers, and other business capabilities must be in place to forward these initiatives – not just temporary or one-time business opportunities, but those which span generations. Creating viable and vibrant opportunities at the local and regional basis also quells the need to commute the long drive currently required for well paying jobs and careers.
Most of the larger public falls into the category of the silent majority – they fully understand and choose to embrace those opportunities which facilitate local resilience and economic improvement – they recognize the need for infrastructure, policies, and practices which accelerate these opportunities. These policies and visions need to be more fully outlined and formulated.
Building resilient communities assuages the ability for larger or more prominent bodies of government or accords to subsume them. As has been the case throughout our nation’s history, the force of “might is right” has often won the day. By creating communities that embrace sustainable and maintainable progress, the ability to remain autonomous and develop a course for the future is greatly enhanced.
Planning for future activity as well as consistent maintenance is necessary. The local populace recognizes that tax dollars from the State are drying up and these needs must be dealt with on community and regional basis. Finding the mechanisms to derive these necessary funds is poorly defined. Creating resilient communities coupled with vibrant initiatives will facilitate these needs.
As we have seen, a few strident voices have an undue influence on the decision-making process. It is becoming recognized that these few raucous voices may well be pushing local communities and even Frederick County towards a death sentence via atrophy. When a community is stagnated, it will die of its own weight. Today’s political expediency cannot be the mechanism to hamper the futures progress.