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Tom Dennis

Editor's note: The new American Dream

In his foreward to Mick Cornett’s book, “The Next American City” (click on this link for a Q&A with Cornett himself), author Richard Florida makes an observation that rings true.

“When I meet a national politician, it is immediately clear which side of the political divide they’re on,” Florida writes.

“But when I travel to cities across the United States, I am amazed that I can never tell who is a Democrat and who is a Republican. Is it any wonder that at a time when less than a fifth of Americans have any trust and confidence in our federal government, that as many as three-quarters of us still have trust and confidence in our local governments? …

“Localism, not nationalism, is the essence of the American experiment,” Florida concludes.

We’d submit our “2018 40 Under 40” list as Exhibit A. You’ll find it here, along with a link to the digital edition of the December issue of Prairie Business.

Browse through our profiles of these high achievers, and you’ll be struck by the friendliness and warmth of them all. Who’s left and who’s right? Who knows, and who cares?

What’s certain is that all 40 would be exceptional mayors, council members or local legislators, because they’ve mastered the ability to listen to others, to compromise and to get along.

That shows in the balance they bring to their own lives; mentions of family and friends are frequent. It shows in the nominators’ affectionate comments about the nominees.

And it shows in the winners’ love of their local communities, which gets brought up again and again.

In his foreward, Florida speaks of “a vision of America made up of great places full of creative people producing big ideas, building their own communities and creating new purpose.

“That, in a nutshell, is the new American Dream.” Read our December issue to see it coming true.

Good reading,

Tom Dennis

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