ProActive vs ReActive April 2007 EDGAR

In the bitter cold of winter, the threat of a power outage crosses our minds at the start of every storm and we are never quite sure what action we should take. Some have the security of a backup generator; most just hope that there will be enough blankets and candles to get them by until the power could be restored.

“The mission of the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority is to be the catalyst for economic growth, job creation and improving the quality of life in Lac qui Parle County.”

We all know that “active” is good, but ProActive is always better than ReActive. Disaster/fire drills, regular car maintenance and annual checkups with your doctor are all ProActive measures we take to keep things going smoothly in our day-to-day lives. Changing the battery in your smoke alarm after hearing about a fire, checking your tire pressure after seeing a stranded motorist or taking vitamins when we feel sick are all ReActive things we do when we are not as prepared as we could be.

Economic Development is a ProActive measure that will make Lac qui Parle County a better place for all of us to live, work and raise our families.

This column is a ProActive idea to help get the word out that Lac qui Parle County has progressive communities committed to the revitalization of rural Minnesota. Our county commissioners and our city leaders agree that we need to be at the forefront of a movement to stimulate industrial growth in outstate Minnesota. Forming the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority was a first step on this lengthy journey.

My goal for this monthly column is to help educate the community about what we do, how we can help and what we are trying to accomplish. Ultimately, no matter how small the step forward, we are headed in the right direction because we are being ProActive. Come with me as we head into an exciting new era for Lac qui Parle County and its residents!