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Attracting and Retaining
Residents
As part of the 2015 " Say Yes To
Dallas " talent recruitment campaign,
the Dallas Regional Chamber
survey found that convenient access
to parks, green space, and hike
and bike trails was the second most
important factor (behind the " quality
of career opportunities " ) for millennials
when deciding where to live
and work (tinyurl.com/22k69b6h).
When we look at who's doing
the most to remain competitive in
the business of retaining, attracting
and, in short, competing to be seen
as a desirable community in which
to live and work, it's striking how
rapidly things change. What was
once " enough " recreation and/or
quality-of-life opportunities is now
not even close. What in the past
was a disadvantage, such as the
small size of a community, is now
an advantage. The current younger
generations put quality of life and
recreation at the top of their list.
Therefore, any community that is
not fully engaged in modern park
and recreation development or rehabilitation
is missing its opportunity
to retain existing residents
and/or to attract new ones.
Research shows that park and
recreation departments partner with
various economic development
organizations as well. An NRPA
case study of Roanoke, Virginia's
effort to establish themselves as an
outdoor recreation destination is
an excellent case in point (tinyurl.
com/h77dyrrk). In a collaborative
partnership between economic developers,
parks and recreation, and
private-sector
leaders,
Roanoke
became a center for outdoor activities/recreation,
and these days,
many people want to live in or near
places that are a recognized center
for outdoor recreation.
Developing Partnerships
How do communities continue to be
desirable to both existing and new
residents while facing the pressures
that come with growth and competition?
The key is a history of partnership
between those involved with
the development and preservation of
parks, recreation and open space and
organizations involved in economic
development. It's a formula that successful
communities have been engaging
in for decades, and it rests on their
shared values of recreation, quality
of life, and local/regional growth
and economic stability. It is vital that
cities continue to plan and build for
the future, and their efforts will be rewarded.
Popular communities build
park and recreation opportunities in
advance of the growth and continue
to add new and different levels of service
to their offerings every year.
Mark Sheldon is Vice President of
Operations at Romtec, Inc.
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