trends for the agurbs® in
1. Sense of Place - What unique attributes
set you apart from other towns? It started in the revitalization
of downtowns and has spread to arts and recreational assets. Trails,
agri-tourism, recreational land, bird watching and other non-traditional
assets are becoming increasingly important in developing a special
sense of place for a community.
3. Art Meccas - Emerging art towns
that are actively recruiting in artists who want to own their own studio/house,
which an amazingly small number of artists are able to do in larger
KY is the best example but much smaller towns are emerging (e.g.
Cordell, OK and Palestine, IL).
5. Non-PMS Entrepreneurs - The traditional “Pale, Male & Stale” entrepreneur is being supplanted by females, minorities, immigrants and others. This trend will explode with the millennial generation, the most entrepreneurial generation in the history of the USA.
6. Taste of Place - People are beginning to value the place through its products, mostly food related. It started with wine but is spreading to cheese, honey, maple syrup, olive oil and other products.
7. Labor Shortage - Quickly developing into a major impediment in many rural towns. Some are starting to tap into their “brain banks” of former residents to solve.
8. Angel Investor Networks - Growing from only 20 to over 250 in the last 10 years, these generally regional initiatives are growing in importance. States like WI and IA have incentivated with investment tax credits, which more states will follow.
9. Local - The spinach scare followed by the green onion debacle at Taco Bell’s in 2006 is causing people to reevaluate their food sources. Local production is going to be increasingly prized.
10. Regionalism - As the world becomes smaller, the political boundaries of the 18th Century become less important. Visionary leaders are embracing the concept of regionalism to enhance the opportunities for their citizens.