Projected trends for the agurbs® in
from Boomtown Institute
1. Entrepreneurs— You can’t have enough of them. The number
of entrepreneurs in the U.S. will continue to rise. The impact
entrepreneurs have in the agurbs® will continue to increase, growing
jobs and contributing to community lifestyles.
2. Arts & Culture— Communities focused on becoming magnets for
artists and working to develop artisan cultures are creating a niche
that will not only attract more artisans, but tourists and residents.
3. Downtowns— Communities need a vibrant area, where a person can
live and work, with amenities, social outlets and culture. The
downtowns will continue their come back from the run-down, abandoned
regions they have been in the past few decades.
4. Recreational Land— Land that is suited to sport and relaxation
is becoming more valuable than rich agricultural land in many areas.
The first baby boomer turned 60 January 1, 2006. This massive wave
of retirees is looking for spaces to spend their golden years.
5. Brain Banks— Communities and regions are recognizing and reaching
out to their brain banks. Local alumni will become a better known and
utilized resource in 2006, with many communities working to entice them
to move back and benefit the community with their skills.
6. Regionalism— Progressive communities are realizing that artificial
borders set by surveyors in the 19th Century are not how people are running
businesses or deciding on where to live. A regional focus on job creation
and retention will continue to be pivotal to many agurbs®. Competition
will have to subside and communities will have to leave behind their
7. Clusters— As globalization becomes stronger, the advantages of
agglomeration economies (i.e. clusters) become more profound. Clusters
equal synergies, synergy equal increased efficiencies, efficiency equals
8. Community Foundations— The transfer of wealth that will take
place in the next decade is unprecedented. Capturing merely 2% to 5%
of that transfer will enable community transformations.
9. Internet— This medium is finally having the impact that was predicted
of it in the late 1990s. Communities with high speed connectivity will
be able to grow their community and businesses by providing new markets. A
recent study showed that 750,000 Americans are making their livings on
eBay, an industry that didn’t even exist a decade ago.
10. Homesourcing— With broadband availability in rural America,
work, not just workers, are mobile. Increasingly, companies are setting
up call centers and outsourcing work to rural areas, even households.