As much as we may want silver bullets that change things over night, it takes time, stubbornness and vision to make change happen.
Here at DRF we are focused on partnering with this community on the region’s economic transformation.
As Brooks’ data highlights, we are approaching this work in an environment when people don’t trust each other, and loneliness is a chronic issue.
What is the relationship? Why does this matter for economic transformation? We learned about this in our recent conversation with Dr. Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett as they talked about their new book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again.
The research that Bob and Shaylyn reference in The Upswing illustrates that economic growth is a lagging indicator of people coming together.
To put it plainly, our economic growth wasn’t the cause of people coming together, it may have well been a result of it.
Here at DRF, we enjoy learning; learning about new ideas, new projects, new opportunities but also we like learning lessons from past successes, failures and those “what if” moments.
We started thinking, how can we bring more people into these conversations that we’re having?
DRF hosted a conversation with Dr. Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett, co-authors of the new book The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again.
DRF hosted a conversation moderated by Ted Abernathy with Economic Leadership LLC looking at how a global pandemic has impacted local industries in the Dan River Region and how their businesses have changed for the future.
Joining Ted for the conversation were:
Greg Anderson, First Citizen's Bank
Tim Clark, Blair Construction
Alisa Davis, Reid Street Gallery & Cafe
Ramsey Yeatts, Ramsey Yeatts & Associates Realtors