This past week we celebrated Thanksgiving and I want to take this opportunity to offer my thanks.
First, I want to thank KRCU for this great partnership. Each week I have the opportunity to relay an important business topic to this key listener group. The comments I receive make me realize the importance of this segment.
Infrastructure can be defined as the physical structures necessary for the functioning of an area or a society.
A reliable, robust infrastructure is extremely important for both business and the general public. Unfortunately, much of an area’s infrastructure can be overlooked or taken for granted because parts are not visible. We don’t see the intricate systems of storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water lines, gas lines, and some electrical services. We only notice these things when they don’t work. Regular maintenance and system replacement are costly, but necessary.
You have an opportunity to affect economic development and make a big difference in the local economy in the next 60 days.
Believe it or not, holiday shopping season is upon us. November and December are huge months for the retail industry. You play an important role in the success of our retail businesses. I realize it is very easy to order from Amazon or some other mega online retail source. But before you do so, please consider what the local shops have to offer.
Location, location, location – the phrase is well-known in real estate AND in economic development.
Missouri is in a great geographic position with its location in the center of the United States. This should be a huge advantage in economic development. We are rich in many transportation resources including rivers, rail, highways, airports, and river ports. However, our transportation infrastructure is struggling.