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Mayor Minute: Small but Strong

Mayor Blake Lay

Mayor Minute

August 3, 2020

 Small but Strong

Over the last few months, I have heard lots of people say how glad they are to live in a small town during times like these.  I wondered, “Why wouldn’t you always be happy to live in a small town?”

After thinking about that for a while, I realized we probably have all had moments when we considered the idea of living in a larger, urban area with more conveniences and job opportunities. But in times like these, small is safe and secure.  With perceived crisis, we focus on our blessings as we watch other areas of the world crumble under the weight of social unrest and economic depression.  Even as social unrest seems to be the norm, our small area of the world is solid and thriving.

In Lawrence County the median household income has increased 5.1 percent over the last year.  Our labor force has increased from 17,953 in 2016 to 19,754 today, and 354 new job announcements are projected over the next five years.  Our unemployment rate is performing better than the national average.  Local revenue collection is up 22 percent, which is significant when you compare to Nashville’s 17.5 percent deficit.  And Lawrence County’s number one source of revenue—sales tax revenue—is up 10.6 percent.  Thank you, Lawrence County, for supporting our local businesses!

The local housing market is also booming.  There are currently only 81 active residential listings with an average of 44 days on the market.  The average sales price for the month of June is $210,727.

Along with our thriving economy, we have a sense of community here that makes me proud. We stand together under adversity and support each other even when we may not all agree on social and political issues. When other cities are rioting and protesting, we stand firm in our values and beliefs.  We love everyone for who they are and learn from our history. What got us where we are today will make us better tomorrow.

While Lawrence County is divided into different cities and towns each with its own mayor, we are ALL citizens of Lawrence County. I want to thank the mayors, the elected officials, and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce for their commitment to service. We all succeed by working together, and I appreciate you.

I’m so glad I live in a small town too!

 

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