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Housing Demand Outpacing Supply

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Over the past several months, a lot of people have asked me about available housing in Polk County.  Some of these people are first-time buyers while others are seeking to ‘downsize’ to a smaller home or even ‘senior housing’ with less maintenance and responsibilities.  There are also those who wish to rent an apartment.  It seems that many people are looking for places to live, but with limited success.  The fact of the matter is that the demand for housing is exceeding the supply in Polk County. One might think that if the demand for homes and apartments is great enough,...
Teamwork: A Key to Success

Friday, June 01, 2018

In the midst of the NBA and NHL finals one might think a discussion on teamwork belongs on the sports pages.  But the teamwork I am referring to is not played on a basketball court or on a sheet of ice.  This teamwork is demonstrated right here in Polk County by our local and county governments, private businesses, schools, and citizens.  Working together, these entities and individuals are creating a synergy that is strengthening our communities. Polk County and each of its villages, cities, and townships, are always undergoing some sort of change.  Businesses come and go.  Population and demographics can...
Entrepreneurs, Risk-Takers, and Leaders

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Americans, in general, are not afraid to take a risk.  Beginning with, for example, the adventurers and pilgrims who sailed the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of years ago to begin a life in what they called the ‘New World.’  They left their previous way of life and most of their belongings to take a chance on a dream.  Their urge to explore, expand west, and to create something better is a trait that has passed through generations and still exists throughout America in the form of entrepreneurs…people who risk their money, time, and heart to start a new business. As I tour...