Opinion: Rural Needs a Positive Vision to Survive

Downtown Choteau Facing North

I came across this opinion piece in my inbox this morning, and it really resounds with me insofar as my 2020 plan to be specifically intentional in everything I do.

Every person who wants Choteau to be a loving, living, and thriving community needs to read this opinion piece and ask themselves, are they welcome?

“Rural communities will be saved by the people who want to live there. They were created by people who wanted to live there. Rural communities were created by people hoping to become business owners, land owners or employees of a good company. There are more people in need of those same opportunities than at any time since World War II. If they are welcomed to rural places, they will fill the schools, run the grocery stores and publish the county paper. Are they welcome?”

Bill Patrie, Daily Yonder