One of the strategies local economic development leaders have implemented is a drive to convince young people reaching adulthood to stay and work in the community where they grew up.
It’s a sensible quest, and there is clear evidence success is being realized. That benefits all of us.
There’s also another way to look at this dynamic as we strive to improve our area, and a story which ran on the front page of the Daily Journal on Monday brings it to mind.
Will Welsh, who grew up in the area and graduated from Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, has returned home after a long hiatus to serve as the executive director of the Kankakee Area YMCA.
He long has been part of YMCA world, as he held similar positions with agencies associated with the international organization in Michigan, Ohio and various parts of Illinois. The job here fits his skills set well, and it’s obvious why he is happy to be back.
It also makes us think: Can we successfully recruit other talented local natives to return home and become a vital part of the community? There are many of them out there, and they would seemingly have a natural affinity for the place they once called home.
The title of an acclaimed Thomas Wolfe novel is “You Can’t Go Home Again.’’ We beg to differ.