Isn’t it amazing how quickly time passes and what is important to community life changes? Do you remember Western Auto or Snappy Service No. 6 or the Hub in downtown Coos Bay? Change, that is directed with vision, can chart a course to a great future.
In a study about nations it was asked, is a nation’s positive image of its future a function of its success or is its success a function of its positive image of its future? What they found was, in all cases, significant vision preceded significant success. Many nations began their climb to greatness without the right resources, population base or strategic advantages. What they did have was a detailed, extensive and significant vision of what they could become. This is also true about communities, businesses and even you. So, how about helping detail our vision for Oregon’s Bay Area.
What are the most noticeable differences you would like to see here in 2027? What would be different? How will the population mix differ from what it is now? What lifestyle changes have taken place? How will these differences affect your city? How will local government be different? What would it be like to live here? What would be the same?
I’m asking each of you to take some time, put some thought into it, and detail your 2027 vision for our home. This is an open book test, so get as much help from your family and friends as you want. Please share your thoughts with me at the Chamber office prior to Thanksgiving. I’ll compile that response and get it out to all of you. Your ideas are critical to our success. This is really the first step in creating our own future. So, like the old hymn, we can “brighten the corner where you are”.
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Timm Slater is executive director of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information on your Chamber, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.