Thursday, April 5, 2012

Some Minor Musings To Add To The Conversation About Attracting Talent

At Reimagine Rural, Mike Knutson wants to start a conversation about attracting talent to Rural America.  The ever-loquacious Mr. Heidelberger takes up the conversation here.

Both Cory and Mike reference a a 2008 Wisconsin survey that ranks young people's priorities of attractive elements in a new community.  According to the lists, everyone seems to want to go to places that are affordable and have good schools along with places for family.

To continue to conversation, I'll add one element to the lists Cory publishes: a chance to be creative.

For evidence, I'll offer John Siegel and Victoria Croasdell-Siegl of  New Leipzig, North Dakota.  The couple bought the community's school and use it as a home and workshop for their business, MRISAR, a company which
design[s] and fabricate[s] innovative, interactive exhibits that are featured in world class science centers, museums, universities, NASA-funded exhibitions and by the film and movie industries for inclusion in media productions.
Recently, Leveno hired the company "to create a custom robotic prototype to animate their newest computer for its public release . . . ."  It's a long way from New Leipzig to Las Vegas where Leveno unveiled their computer.  One can safely assume that the only thing that New Leipzig and Las Vegas share is that what happens there stays there.

The couple moved to New Leipzig, population 221, for several reasons:
1. Clean air and water
2. Accessibility and connection to nature.
3. A workable growing climate.
4. Community and government receptivity to [h]umanitarian & [e]nvironmental projects.
5. Community and government receptivity to [e]ducational, [s]cientific, and [a]rtistic projects.
6. Community and government receptivity to the creation of environmentally responsible light industries that would create products to help humanity and the environment and create technology and creatively based jobs and promote workers health and welfare.
7. Community and government receptivity to the creation of projects that aid the local school systems, inspire the youth, help the poor, promote self improvement, encourage people to develop their potential creatively, academically, and through community creative and environmental projects.[emphasis mine]
Schools, safety, and a family friendly environment are certainly important, but MRISAR shows that the opportunity to be creative can also draw talent.

1 comment:

caheidelberger said...

Yes! Please! Give us towns where creativity is not just tolerated, but encouraged!