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by Mark Peterson - September 27, 2019
In his article “So long, Delta Blues," Rex Nelson, senior editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, examined several developments
in the Arkansas delta that promise to have significant impacts on the future of their
communities and regions. The question arises – how did these developments happen and
what are the key elements that make these developments successful?
I think there are four key elements that also apply to other communities and regions
in Arkansas, elements that we incorporate in our Breakthrough Solutions work with communities and regions in Arkansas.
The first two keys are vision and entrepreneurship. Southland Casino Racing, Blytheville,
and Wilson all have visionary entrepreneurs who imagine a future that is exciting,
compelling, and worth pursuing.
The third key is the ability to leverage assets in the community or region:
The fourth key is pro-active leadership who embrace the first three key elements and
have the passion and ability to paint a compelling picture of a desirable future all
the while inspiring others to become part of it.
Now reflect on your own community and its many assets: