I guess, I think, that if I want anyone to read this post, it’s the folks at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
Something new is happening. Something I’ve not experienced before. In the past few weeks I’ve gotten not one, not two, not three but four emails out of the blue from people I don’t know, but who left Oklahoma to attend college in various fields related to development and planning. And they want to come back home.
Sure, the economy is bad out there. But when I look at their resumes, I see young men and women in their mid-20s whose accomplishments leave me humbled. I’m humbled because they say I’m the guy who has kept them hooked into what’s going on downtown – and, in some cases – I’ve inspired them.
I’m just the guy taking notes and reporting back. But thanks anyway. But as someone who remembers giants like Ray Ackerman and Lee Allen Smith dreaming of this sort of scenario, I’ve got to wonder. If our younger generation has truly fallen in love with their hometown – something that rarely happened when I was in college, what do we do to make sure there are opportunities for these folks?
For what it’s worth, my latest correspondent says he’s willing to intern for next to nothing – or even nothing – just to get a shot at becoming a part of the Oklahoma City dream.