MINOT, N.D. — The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our nation’s economy on its head, mostly in negative ways, but there could be a silver lining for small-town America if we play the cards right.
We all know the rural communities have been emptying out. We’ve read the books. We’ve seen the movies. We’ve observed the desperate economic development gimmicks implemented by small-town governments to lure people back.
Or, at least, get them to stay.
When the North Dakota Legislature reconvenes this month they’ll be approving a new legislative district map that once again shows a population shift from the rural areas to the cities.
Small-town America is a wonderful place to live, but it’s a difficult place to work. Many of the people leaving would stay if they had appealing career opportunities.