Thanks for making Sweet Home better

Editor:

My family and I would like to give a huge thank you to the many organizations, businesses, volunteers, and individuals of Sweet Home and the surrounding areas for the countless hours and resources they put into making Sweet Home an even better place to live.

It is exciting for us to see the many events and activities going on in our community all year long. The creativity and passion of our community members is just a couple of the qualities that makes this place such a great place to live. It is also exciting for us to know that most of these activities are not necessarily coordinated together, but they all add to each other and the benefits to our community.

As a community, we have often been able to defy the odds and overcome regional, as well as national trends, in order to strengthen our community during tough economic times. The most amazing part is we have done this together, with pure people power. As a result, we have increased the overall quality of life, increased the level of economic development activity, increased the level of social capital, and have reduced our level of dependency on outside resources for securing a stable and prosperous economy. We have even managed to gain some recognition for our efforts by other communities throughout the state.

As a student of political science, my research in national and international systems of political economy has reinforced my belief that we are already doing many of the activities that will contribute to the further development of a strong community. I hope you are all proud of your hard work; it is truly paying off.

For those in our community who feel that there are still opportunities they would like to see addressed, I encourage you to join in on the fun and find an area of interest to get involved with that you find worthy of your time and skills.

For the folks that have wanted to get involved, but are concerned with time commitments or don’t know where to start, there are many organizations and activities that you can get involved with whenever you have the time.

Many volunteers do not show up to every event or volunteer the entire time. We all do what we can, when we can. We all have valuable experience, tools, or ideas that we can bring to the table and build on each other even if it is being an extra pair of hands to help out.

If you are interested in getting involved or participating in economic development programs, please contact the City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, or Brian Hoffman with Sweet Home Economic Development Group.

Thank you for everything you all you do!

Scott McKee Jr. and family

Sweet Home

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