Rural areas with sparse population, like western Oklahoma and Kansas, are up against a brick wall that is a workforce shortage.
G.L. Hoffman has the story of his cousin Craig, offering $50,000 a year, health care, and home, for farm workers. No takers. Too far out in the country. Too much hard work. Too little urban-style recreation.
Our local health care industry is looking for more ways to grow our own workforce, reaching down to eighth grade to start.
Demographics are not in our favor. Our rural towns are aging out, and quickly.
What might save us? Generation Y. Highly entrepreneurial. Extremely engaged. Make sure you and your community are reaching out to get them engaged with you. Because you don’t want to end up with no takers.
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Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.