Photo from The Millstone
Author’s Note- I went out for 5 hours today and this story was already in today’s line up. When I got home I had no less and I kid you not, over 30 emails and Facebook PM’s wondering if I had seen this article. Thank you to all that took the time to email me.
Saturday, April 16th, 2016.
I read this great article about Almonte in The Millstone last night and felt very sad why we, the town of Carleton Place, cannot pull our knickers up, roll up our sleeves and do the same.
Here are just some of the quotes from the article:
“Vision is critical,” Amy says, “people must believe there is a path forward and commit to finding it together.”
“The community needs to understand their local assets,” says Deborah, “what is driving the economy right now and who their entrepreneurs are.”
“We have seen communities discover amazing things by reaching out to their entrepreneurs – opportunities to transition a strong local business from a retiring owner to a young person in the community; artisans who are interested in moving into downtown buildings to create gallery, studio and retail space; agri-entrepreneurs who are seeking larger markets and opportunities to do more value-added production.”
“Secret Sauce“—In the past 10 years, Almonte has successfully created a self-supporting ecosystem of retailers, driving tourism and building the foundation for a self-sustaining future. What’s Almonte’s secret and how can other local communities achieve the same.”
Does Carleton Place have 10 years to create the same success as Almonte? If your town can’t get its act together to accept help or seek opportunities, should outside businesses spend any of their limited time in ours? Believe me, it’s a self-service world, and the best solutions really come from INSIDE our town limits.
Do you want Carleton Place to be saved? Begin to save it yourself, as best you can. Your combined tiny steps will lead to smaller achievements, and then bigger successes. Of course there will be failures, too, along the way. Other people will squash your best ideas, and the opposition will drive you bananas. That’s part of what it takes to succeed. But it matters that you personally take even a tiny step to make your town a better place to live.