In the Tampa business renovation project we have a terrific example of how cooperation and a shared vision can make an impact for good in a very small community. (See our story, Page 6A.) David Mueller and his team should be congratulated for pursuing a project that has breathed new life into a disappearing downtown economic base while meeting the real needs of residents—for good and services as well as new jobs for young families.
In a new way, the Tampa community realizes the importance of supporting their local businesses. It’s hometown initiative and patronage that provides the base for economic stability, not attracting out-of-town shoppers.
Other communities in Marion County can learn from Tampa’s experience. We can renew our own commitment to support the businesses of owned and operated by our neighbors and friends. Their economic success ultimately serves our best interests, too, because goods and services remain conveniently close when we need them.
Congratulations, Tampa, for leading the way. —DR