And Leading the Way to Prosperity

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM.

National consumer and business patterns are shifting once again. Gulf, Franklin and Bay Counties could do well to notice and position themselves, individually and together, for what may well be inevitable.

Until fairly recently, Americans have been driven to patterns of urban-driven largeness and centralizing acquisition-at-any-cost; now an increasingly significant portion of the national profile is noticeably changing to resemble small-town Main Street America once again:

an authentic, essentially self-sufficient yet naturally-connected lifestyle,

with products of meaningful quality and indigenous spirit and creativity, and

an ever increasing access to a greater range of personal choices attached to greater potential for local resources.

Rural – one might even say ‘traditional’ – virtues of personal thrift, collective care, mutual trust and directness of civic engagement are all starting to overwhelm the “devil may care” frenetic acquisition and consumption of impersonal and anonymous ‘things’ sought merely for status or power consolidation purposes.

City folk are becoming increasingly aware that once they’ve ‘made it’ in life, they don’t necessarily know what they want to do with it. They have often found themselves searching increasingly for better ‘purpose’ in their investments – while intuitively scaling back their direct involvement to less dense environments where they can have meaningful personal influence and spiritually sensible integrity in their whole lives.

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