collective voices into
a louder and more effective
performance of the
Song of Seminole County
On more than one occasion during the U.S.-China Symposium in Dothan this past week the following words were spoken to me, “Your community – Seminole County – is on the verge of great things.” And in each case, a lengthy conversation followed about the good things they were hearing of our plans to make life better and the potential opportunities our community has to offer. Our neighbors in Dothan, and in even more distant destinations within the Tri-State region, have heard about our efforts to build a better way, and they are all in agreement that what we have done so far as a community and the potential we have within this community has positioned us for progress. The word is out that we are headed for an even better and brighter day.
Participating in the symposium was a bold and smart move on the part of our community leaders. The Seminole County Development Authority’s action was a positive step down the road our community must take to the land of progress and prosperity.
Numerous groups and individuals in this community have similar dreams and goals to make our community the best it can be – and their efforts should be applauded. If we all want the same thing, why can’t we pool our interests and our talents and make them bolder? Just think how effective our louder voice would be if we were all on the same page and singing the same song.
We need to develop a consensus opinion of what we want. We need to make sure everyone is in agreement of what we would like to recruit into our community and establish a directed promotional and marketing campaign to identify projects and prospects and to become proactive in recruiting them and selling them on the benefits we have to offer..
We need to combine the positive efforts of each group in our community into a concentrated super effort to identify our goals and then, together, go forward and achieve them.
Combining the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, the Donalsonville-Seminole County and Downtown Development Authorities, the BetterWay Foundation, City and County Governments and every single group, organization and citizen – into an ongoing, progressive plan to work together and make a better way for Seminole County, HAS TO HAPPEN!
How do we go about making this happen? Well, we certainly do have to go to the expense of hiring an out-of-town expert to come in a tell us how to do it. We already have countless experts living right here among us that have the knowledge of doing it right in a grand way. We just need someone to step up and find a way to bring all of these creative, innovative and dedicated-to-the-betterment-of-Seminole County minds together – in ONE room.
Let’s set a date or dates for a planning retreat and gather all interested parties in one place for one purpose. We need to come together, define a consensus message, develop a plan of action and then work the plan and do it. If you have the desire to make our great community even better, then you are an interested party.
Yes, it will take some time and definitely some effort, but what better way to spend that time and effort than by developing, together, a brighter future for all of us who call Seminole County home.
What are we waiting for? Come on, Seminole County. Let’s work together, get on the same page, sing the same song and make some beautiful music together!
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