Yes, I am talking to you! Everyone in a community should consider themselves an ambassador to the outside world. There is no denying it, wherever you reside, you represent your community. Even if you have moved elsewhere along the road of life, you still have the opportunity to represent the community you grew up in. If you don’t like the perception of your community – do something about it.
Negative news sells - it tends to be more shocking and controversial. Like a car crash, we can’t help but look - so commercial media put most of their efforts there. Every town has its issues. And sometimes bad things happen. But they are far outweighed by the good.
If we hoard the stories of good - by keeping them to ourselves - we let others define us. If we don't inform each other of the good we see, we rob ourselves of its value. It is up to all of us to ensure the good news travels. Share the good things about the community so we can all see them! Share them with people outside the community on Social Media. At work, or with a distant friend or relative, brag about where you are from.
It is a great way to bring hope to what, at times, seems hopeless. Like weights on a scale, we can tip the balance our way when the collection of good outweighs the bad.
If we neglect the good, we only have ourselves to blame.
You may have heard a little about the whitewater park project for Franklin, but you are not sure what it all means. People tend to focus on water + park and imagine those blue plastic slides. A whitewater park is nothing like it. And that’s the exciting part for Franklin . . . a whitewater park is far more unique. Whitewater parks draw a very loyal following from a large geographic area. A little more common out west, ours will be the first in the entire Northeast! And there will be many other opportunities beside the water features.
Being a friendly, welcoming community is vital to drawing visitors from far and wide. I suggest you check out the resources on our Trestle Bridge Collection Page. You’ll find a great article that appeared on the front page of the Concord Monitor December 3rd…to get up to speed on what unique opportunities our planned whitewater park has to offer.
Be the ambassador you are meant to be!