Post-pandemic, I think some things will remain the same, while others will revert back to pre-pandemic norms.
I manage an accredited Main Street program in Orange, Virginia, population 5,042. Main Street programs focus on preservation-based economic development, so for this tiny town, home of President James Madison and renowned chef, Edna Lewis, you'd think that preservation-based economic development would come easy.
Next in our series on post-pandemic recovery is from Ashley Llewellyn with St. Tammany Corp.
A Note from DRF: A question we find ourselves asking right now is what communities will look like and how they will operate in a post-pandemic world. As restrictions are lifted, we may freely move about more but some businesses, organizations and those in the workforce will still struggle to recover for some time to come. DRF asked our friend Ted Abernathy with Economic Leadership LLC to curate some thoughts on the subject from leaders across the United States to help us think about what’s next.
First up, Gene Stinson, president of the Southern Economic Development Council.
As much as we may want silver bullets that change things over night, it takes time, stubbornness and vision to make change happen.