Watching the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life is a holiday tradition for a lot of us. Last year, we watched in on the big silver screen for the first time at the vintage Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. I heard a clip of the radio version of It’s a Wonderful Life on XM Radio today and thought about how much George Bailey and the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan Association were involved in economic and community development. From recruiting Sam Wainwright’s plastic manufacturing facility, to helping Martini in his business, to developing affordable housing to retain Bedford Falls’ labor force, to designing and developing neighborhoods — George Bailey and the economic development efforts of the old Building & Loan made a more wonderful life for the residents of Bedford Falls.
Hot Dog and Hee Haw, it is a wonderful life and I hope that y’all have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!