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  • My view: Healing wounds and moving on

  • The political hoopla will die down, the wounds of campaigning will slowly heal and we will re-focus our efforts to promote the lake’s viability as a favorite place to visit or live.
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  • So now we move on.
    The political hoopla will die down, the wounds of campaigning will slowly heal and we will re-focus our efforts to promote the lake’s viability as a favorite place to visit or live.
    At this writing, the outcome of Tuesday’s elections was unknown. Only speculation from this corner, and that won’t build goodwill, especially among those with thin skin. Throwing darts won’t make for a better lake community. We need to take what we’re handed, and move forward.
    These words are trite and cliché, but we have such tremendous opportunities at our feet if we can harness the collective genius of our business, political and residential communities. Our common ground is the Lake of the Ozarks.
    The economic health of the lake is better today than it was a year ago. The real estate market is improving, boat sales are better, and there is continued commercial and residential growth. I hear rumblings of even more retail development the next couple of years.
    Yet in all of this opportunity, the lake’s economic landscape remains an enigma.
    Three, four or five chambers of commerce (if we include Eldon and Versailles, which we should) with independent agendas working for their memberships first, and the lake second. Two economic development agencies (Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council and Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments) posturing for identity and credibility.
    There is geographic, demographic, political and economic division, yet we’re all working for the same cause.
    It’s important as we move beyond the elections and into the season that we not look at our neighbors as competitors but as allies. Share ideas, share resources, share knowledge. If one of us moves forward, then we all move forward.
     
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