Our slogan, “a town that refused to die,” may have become our identity. The first letter I wrote to this editor was a call to examine this condition – is it enough to merely survive? Isn’t it time to strive to thrive?
Most of our business community gathered together with a few of our town council and staff to bring to light the economic challenges we have ahead of us. It became obvious that the time is now to hang together or we’ll surely hang apart.
The two major avenues towards our road to economic success are to attract more capital from outside of our county and keep as much of it circulating within – think globally, spend locally. The first step to assure success towards both of those goals is to answer the third, and I think, most vital question that came up at last Wednesday’s meeting: What is our self-image? Who do we think we are?
Are we ready to become a real community? Are we ready to see one-another as one? Where do we draw the line? Are the folks on Log Hill; Pleasant Valley; etc., with us? What about all our friends between here and Ouray? Then, why not Ouray?
The disastrous effects of the new world order have made it obvious that eliminating borders and including our neighbors is the way to a peaceful and prosperous world – it all begins right here; at home.
Ouray County is like a beautiful island in the middle of the ocean of these majestic San Juan peaks – a natural geographical island community. Pooling our resources together would give us a more powerful leverage to deal with the state on common issues.
To encourage local support and spending; how about a local discount card? We could eliminate taxes between local transactions – it is even possible to create a local currency.
There are many progressive ideas that are available – do we have enough progressive leaders to even consider them?
The other main resource is tourism. Our self-image comes into play again. Who are we? A bedroom community stuck between Telluride and Montrose?
Old advertising approaches no longer work. We need to rise to the new millennium – we need to look beyond our gates of the Rocky Mountains and think globally – use the tools of our times on the internet and invite the world to share in our magnificent loving community. All we need is Love. Imagine that!
– Andras Maros, Ridgway