Clusters Rather than Regionalism

Research, technology and economic growth comes from cooperation among connected industries more so than competition. A cluster of industrial companies in the same business can join in the quest of international competition.

The problem of regionalism is when Tupelo does not recognize the benefits of surrounding communities to attract the middle class. Tupelo needs to have a different benefit than single family homes on good size lots. The advantage of urban living is not needing an automobile or lawn mower. Many young professionals with intellectual skills have a passion for new ideas and changing the world. When they are saddled with a mortgage or children they can not take the risks needed to make that change come about. The entrepreneurial spirit requires a different kind of thinking rather than what has worked in the past in Tupelo. What will the regional gurus do when the 3D printer replaces manufacturing?

Tupelo needs a mixture of skills with people willing to take risk and donate their time for a part of the action. Such as attorneys willing to be part of a start-up with only stock in the start-up as pay. We have buildings that could be used by start-ups but they have no cash to pay rent. We having landlords that want to flip buildings and make cash. Without a change in the way things get done Tupelo will continue to go down hill. Zoning laws have to be changed as well as regulations. A cluster of star-ups needs new ways of doing business rather than control of a region which the government is doing.