Recently I posted the following question on my public Facebook page:
What does, or what would, make Great Falls unique in terms of being a destination hot spot for tourism, business, and new residents?
Not surprisingly so far I have received 376 comments and ideas coming from a wide variety of Great Fallsians. Or is it Great Fallsites?
Either way I’m going to do a series of posts on E-City Beat highlighting some of the responses and a few of my thoughts as well. So here we go, some great ideas from the people of Great Falls. That’s where the real solutions are.
The first comment here is spot on. Our leadership can’t be afraid to look at what other state and regional towns and cities are doing to be successful. And then we need to be nimble and humble enough to adjust, adapt and adopt.
The ideas about a racing/motorplex are interesting because that idea plays into what our strengths are in Great Falls.
We are a blue collar, working class town and motor sports fit right into our sweet spot.
I love this. We need to think outside the box here and come up with new ways of doing things, because a lot of the same-old-same-old just doesn’t work anymore and hasn’t for a long time.
I would add that the fairly recent issue of a Great Falls park tax is a prime example of what I mean when I say our city commission hasn’t exactly been dealing honestly with us.
I believe the evidence is clear that the city commissioners intentionally left the Park District 1 fiscal impact language off the ballot in an effort to deceive voters, making it more likely they would vote “yes”. You can find a more detailed account of this issue here.
Stay tuned for more innovative ideas and suggestions coming from ‘average’ citizens, who are not so average after all, on how to build some new glory days for Great Falls. Feel free to contribute your ideas to the comments section on this blog or on our Facebook page.