Snow and ‘wintry mix’ are in the forecast tonight and I am feeling that stereotypical Southern urge to run to the grocery store and stock up on milk and bread to weather the storm. I’m not sure we or anyone else would starve during the short duration of Tennessee’s winter storms, but it does make one think about how nice it is to have a convenient local grocery store. Sustaining a full service grocery store is no longer a given in small towns, even with their importance to a community’s quality of place. The Center for Rural Affairs maintains the Saving the Small Town Grocery Store website that has information on how rural entreprenuers can start or sustain a small town grocery store and how a rural community can help support a convenient place to shop for groceries — not only to weather a winter storm, but also to prepare for next summer’s picnics.
… it’s probably here somewhere
Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers.
I have earned over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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