The SMART Community initiative outlined by Downtown Business Association chair Lis McWalter on today’s editorial page is an organized step towards the positive evolution of our collective community.
Perhaps more importantly, it’s an early step when many other communities are simply hoping the future will take shape around them – letting the chaos of rapid change settle, with whatever outcome that might bring.
Those who have bought into the SMART initiative here are choosing to mould our future as a leading-edge community.
The analogy of railroad communities is a good one, particularly in Parry Sound, where history shows towns and villages were shaped as rail lines came and went. Access to the online is only one step. Implementation of strategies that incorporate the constant advancements into global communication into our everyday personal and professional lives is the giant leap.
The outcome is elevated income, youth retention and improved quality of life.
The path includes hard work, many hands and the support of every local business, political entity and civic organization.
Together, we can really be SMART about our future.