THE WAY I SEE IT: Who knows it's one of the best places in America?
In Mar. 15 issue, Russell County News By Barbara Sharp Zimmerman, Columnist
Jamestown is one of the best places in the country to live and raise a family, according to an article last fall in Business Week magazine. In fact, according to the magazine, it’s the 18th best place IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
Our elementary school is rated one of the top 10 IN THE ENTIRE STATE.
We have one of the most beautiful, inviting lakes anywhere. Our streets are generally safe. We have jobs for those who want to work. Our opportunities for activity and recreation are many and varied. Our cost of living is very low. And while some may say we don’t have a lot of shopping choices, great shopping is only an hour or two away in several different directions.
I will agree: Jamestown is one of the best places in the country to live. I know it is because I grew up here and returned after 35 years away plying my trade. But, if we’re so great, why aren’t we shouting it from the rooftops? Why aren’t we telling people about our great little town?
Why aren’t we marketing our advantages in order to bring more people and businesses to town and to help make things get even better?
Our city needs a marketing campaign with ads inviting people to come and start a business in one of best places in America. We need a brochure, or at least a little flyer, promoting our town’s opportunities and advantages.
We should order thousands of reprints of the Business Week article for use at the Tourism Commission and as responses to inquiries. We need a public relations effort to get stories in major daily papers and magazines. We need a web site that shows off our town and its advantages.
We need the mayor to appoint an executive committee to plan and carry out such a marketing campaign, and we need it done now, while we have the Business Week article on which to hang our claim to fame.
We need to invest some major money (from the city’s promotions budget – which is just sitting there, doing nothing) in this effort. Otherwise, Jamestown may be one of the best places in America to live and raise families, but no one except us will know about it.
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