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Agurban Ten Trends for 2007 by Jack Schultz of the Boomtown Institute

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January 3, 2007View for printing

Last year’s top ten trends was embraced by many of you, so we are doing a new top ten trends for this new year. I’m looking forward to meeting many of you in my talks and tours around this great country of ours. I start off the year this Friday in Great Falls, MT. I’ll be reporting on these and many other trends I see during this next year.

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Economic-development expert, Jack Schultz of the Boomtown Institute, to speak at Great Falls health conference on Friday

Reader Comments:

Dear Mr. Schultz,
Thank you for your comments and insights into such a variety of topics and views.
I would refer to item (7-labor shortage), as a subject certainly transcending many other issues in scope and implications on economic development as well as many socio-economic implications.
The shortage of workers I believe is not the problem so much as symptom of those reasons that business and communities continue to deny as the crux of their problems when desiring to attact and retain citizens or workers..that where there are good paying jobs, with well defined benefits, all else will establish itself as the reasons I choose to live where I live.
A case in point, would be the phenominal economic growth being experienced in the area of Big Sky, Montana. While this area has and in all estimates will continue to experience growth. It has brought with it significant attention to the issues reflected by more than just one of your points in your article. Case in point, the skilled worker shortage being experienced by both the town of Big Sky and the developer/contractors trying to secure workers. The problem both face however is not a lack of skilled local workers but their individual agendas to put significant profit margins ahead of recognition to the local workers to share in their successes in the form of good paying jobs with benefits that do not leave them dependant upon the state during and following the economic growth.
I would ask anyone who lives near areas of significant economic growth to look closely at the margins of success as measured by those whose contributions result in what on the surface so many, so quickly are willing to call success stories.
Thank you,

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