I Have Seen the One that Got Away, and She’s Wearing Camo

Military families are good business and missed connections for the region

In economic development circles, you never hear professionals talk about “the one that got away”. Except when the carefully crafted veil of secrecy around economic development efforts is broken by the occasional news reporter, missed economic development opportunities rarely see the light of day. I suppose that to reveal a missed economic development opportunity suggests failure at some level, and no one wants to admit failure in this business. On the other hand, as any entrepreneur will tell you, if you are not failing frequently and spectacularly, then you are probably not getting better at whatever you are doing – just existing. So let’s set aside our morbid fascination with who may be at fault, and focus on how we can fix it.

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