Why communities should be proactive instead of reactive

It’s funny, but one of my managers used to tell me, “It’s better to be proactive, than reactive.” This was in relation to our customer service, and it was a wonder how much that improved from my end when I took this to heart.
Strangely enough, this can be applied to community service and projects… in which I’ve felt has been lacking as of late. It’s not that there isn’t the same or more effort. But I’m a huge advocate for efficiency. There’s no point in doing anything if you can’t perform it in an efficient manner since otherwise it’s a waste of time, and resources. And I absolutely hate that. Well, that’s the way I feel about some of the projects being done currently in the community.
WHICH…. ties back to being proactive instead of reactive. For example, there’s Center City Park. It was a great go, and wonderful addition to our fair city. Since we didn’t have one there, it was definitely a proactive project. Yet, because of the success, the City sought to increase more parks in the area. Why? Such a reactive move.
There’s another regional project that I personally don’t care for at all that deals with college students and jobs. While the goals of the project are very inspiring, people seriously didn’t take a look at their little plot of land in the South when they started to compare it with a similar project in a northeastern city. Not just a city, but a BIG city. You have to take the type of personalities and people into account when you look at such projects. On top of that, they pushed the preliminary start to the businesses instead of being proactive themselves. Personally, I think that’s a huge mistake. Maybe I’m wrong, but whatever… we’ll see how the results turn out.
There were some comparisons to Greenville, South Carolina a while back. I remember a roadtrip that some took to see beautiful Greenville. Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of good out of that trip (no I didn’t go). But one little thing has been gnawing at me ever since. One of the main points in picking Greenville was the fact that Greensboro was a similar size and population. Yet, I failed to see the point of this statistic. Like I said before, it’s the people and personalities that make up the community, not the size or population. Just as Seattle is one of the most health conscientious cities I’ve ever lived in, but you won’t find the same in Atlanta. Totaly different types of personalities. Another great analogy would be looking at weight. Just because you have two 220 pound men, doesn’t necessarily mean that they would behave similarly. One could be a muscle-bound titan, while the other could have a beer gut.
The fact is, there needs to be a lot of re-thinking and re-focusing of such economic development projects and community efforts. While it’s great to see this city grow from what it was when I moved here, there is only so much time that many of us can divulge to such time draining projects. And if you waste my time, then I’ll likely not want to participate in the next venture to advance the village as a whole.