Stories are amazing. Some entertain, others educate and still others keep us connected to what matters most but they all have one potentially fatal flaw. As the life, path and value of a story depend on many factors one inextricable component of every story is that it relies on external sources for creation and distribution. It needs help or as an author friend of mine once told me: “…you have to write the story, they can’t write themselves; you have to tell the story, they cant’ do that either.”
From an economic development perspective, this dynamic provides an obvious opportunity. Here in Middlebury, Vermont we are crafting our story around quality, an international/global presence and sustainability – something inherent to so many stories in Vermont. We are also sharing it with the rest of the world.
As Vermont generally is not a large place – only Wyoming has a smaller population and only 5 other states have a smaller land area (New Jersey is one) – there have been times when parochial trumped universal. Middlebury, however, has bucked that trend. We are a crossroads. We are a mixing bowl. Middlebury is a place of intersection. The people, ideas, values, cultures, and opportunities that converge on this place are truly impressive. Consequently, Middlebury continues to evolve. Our story is about bringing definition to “modern rural” and recognizing value in a work/life balance; a business/environment balance; and an old/new balance.
It is also up to us to tell our story; to continue the tradition – and we want you to participate too. As you consider sharing this blog post with others please also consider joining us as we garner investments and diversify our local economy. Middlebury is a great place and with your help we are going to make it even better.