Fibre-Active was an economic development agency that I had worked very closely with when they were hired to revitalize Nièvre (named after the river), which is a department near the center of France. For anyone who isn’t familiar with other parts of the world and the way their country is ran, a department is one of the three levels of government that makes up a city or area.
While I was working with Fibre-Active, I learned a lot about what it takes to get an economy going and these are things that I will retain and carry with my for the rest of my life. While I no longer work in France or in the field, I still look back at all of my experiences working with this amazing team and think about how many cities and areas in the United States could implement some of the things I learned and how much of a benefit it could be for these economies and the economy of the country as a whole.
I don’t think I really need to go into too much detail about the benefits of having a thriving economy, as we have all seen the negative effects when our economy took a nose dive just a few years ago.
Although obviously much easier said than done, I would still like to talk about some of the things that I learned and how I think they could be used for areas all over the country.