Ten Top Concerns Within Our Communities

Economic Development

1. How is aging and deteriorating infrastructure impacting our communities?

Aging and deteriorating roads, bridges, pipelines, and other infrastructure often receive insufficient funding from the local, state, and federal governments. Deteriorating roads, bridges, pipelines and other infrastructure can negatively impact transportation and the delay of delivery of goods and supplies.

This adversely effects the perceive quality of life in the neighborhood, unfavorably influences the value of property. This can present a less attractive environment for support services to locate nearby.

2. How does the closure of stores and shopping centers affect shopping habits?

Industry experts’ reports reveal a major increasing trend in online sales during the past 20 years. With this development, it is evident that e-commerce is increasingly becoming a leading channel for businesses. Companies like Walmart, Target and other large retailers are becoming delivery portals as this phenomenon continues to evolve.

The internet and companies like Amazon have become the starting point for retail sales. This is largely why most stores are closing down. The lack of capacity to take advantage of the available online business channels may result in this trend continuing.

3. Do residents of urban environments or suburban environments enjoy better quality of life?

People living in affluent urban areas tend to have greater access to higher quality amenities such as education, housing, entertainment, and job opportunities. Conversely residents of suburban environments and less well-off urban areas, often enjoy higher lower of security and diversity.
Despite the high cost of living in high-tax areas, residents of urban areas often elect to pay a premium costs to enjoy the conveniences afforded by this quality of life. Creating an environment with a diverse balance of the less fortunate and the flourishing can serve to provide sustainable communities that benefit all.

Housing

1. Why is it so difficult to find an affordable home?

Affordable housing is now affected by issues ranging from lower availability of inventory, income stagnation, rapidly rising prices, and the increase in the costs to construct homes.
The numbers of housing units that are being provided have substantially reduced since the recession of 2008. This is further complicated by the fact that the rate of increase in housing payment has been outpacing the rate of income increases.
Alternatives are needed to serve the varied needs of a diverse population.

2. How does the rising cost of construction of homes and facilities affect housing?

Rising construction costs affect construction and renovation costs and subsequently housing prices. The increased pressure housing demand against the backdrop of the decrease in supply is resulting in rising prices.
This problem is further compounded by the decreasing availability in the number of qualified contractors. The demand on these contractors to serve these customers results in higher cost to for the customers in these homes and facilities.
Developing more efficient ways to effectively serve these customer offers opportunities for enterprising companies postured to meet this need.

3. What is the impact of income stagnation?

Income stagnation for the middle class has been the trend for many years. Bearing the brunt of inflation, rising costs, store closures, and debts it is increasing becoming difficult to conveniently satisfactorily meet the needs of these households.
The uncertainty of steady, sufficient incomes to meet their needs often creates challenging living conditions for the middle class households. Barely able to affordable to own homes or pay high rents without higher incomes, it remains difficult for middle income earners or live in the most ideal neighborhoods.

Technology

1. Can people enjoy environments where they can live, work, play, and interact safely, securely, sustainably, and productively?

The pace of technological advancements such as automation, robotics, interactive learning, e-commerce, and the growth of tech start-ups offer alternatives that enhance comfort and convenience.
Also, teenagers and millennials have developed a deep interest in world matters including social issues like human rights. The current generation, especially, seeks to change the way things are done and to seek advances that enhance the level of safety and security in their lives.
The combination of the proactive methods of people to take charge and the continued developments will serve to achieve a greater level of well-being.

2. Will our communities be different in the next 20 years as a result of the increasing generational diversity?

The young and middle aged millennials, Gen X, and Gen Z all have different choices of where and how to live, work, play, and relax. This, along with the increasing number of retiring baby boomers will influence the type of houses and infrastructure which our communities will require in the coming decades.
Interestingly, real estate, e-commerce and the retail sector now pay attention to the differences in the perspectives and interests of these groups. In fact, businesses now focus on customer experience as well as the actual products which they sell.
This should lead to very exciting developments during the next few decades.

3. How is the increasing demand for quality health care met?

The increase in chronic illnesses, increase and ambulatory costs, rising insurance costs and the higher out of pocket costs for health care and medicine are resulting in the patients deferring or completely avoiding much needed routine care. Urgent care further places economic pressure on these families.
The designing and constructing of health-efficient buildings, therefore, encourages healthy lifestyles. Sufficient, conveniently located health care facilities and ambulatory surgery centers, quality health care is are needed. However, continued technological advances in medication and mobile accessibility to healthcare professionals are essential.
Designing and constructing homes, facilities, and systems that are accessible for well bodied as well as the physical and mentally challenged will contribute to the this process of serving the healthcare needs of all.

4. How do we meet the increasing demands on our lives and livelihood?

As the world population increase the disparity between the increasing wealthy and underprivileged becomes more apparent. Sustainability considers a number of local and global concerns. Technological solutions address problems ranging from connectivity, productivity to sustainability.

Automation, internet and mobile technology, energy and renewables are changing the pace and the way things are getting done. The ability for us to adapt to these developments can represent the difference between living a life of comfort versus one of poverty and inequity.
Continual preparation to accommodate these advances will be vital.

Traditions

1. If we are enjoying record low unemployment, why are so many still struggling to meet their financial obligations?

Inflation has continued to outpace the rate of wage growth for many years now. This has
resulted in more members of the household being actively engaged in the workplace.
Despite working longer hours these famili es are realizing little if any gain in prosperity.

Technology puts into practical use science or knowledge to solve problems or invent useful
tools. While this tends to more efficiently reduce the amount of repetitive activities in the
workplace, there appears to be an interest by most companies to accelerate the rate and
efficiency of production. Thus, the implementation of these new technologies and
automation replacing the need for humans in the workplace, it has increase the pressure to
increase the rate of production.

While utilizing cost control methods to limit overhead increases, like wages, these
organizations continue to implement price increases. This is an effort to demonstrate
profitability and growth..

2. Impact of Workplace Technology<br /> Today?

Today A workplace is a location where someone works for his or her employer, a place of
employment. Such a place can range from a small office to a large office building or factory.
For industrialized societies, the workplace is one of the most important social spaces other
than the home, constituting “a central concept for several entities: the worker and his/her
family, the employing organization, the customers of the organization, and the society as a
whole”.

Today,the home is becoming a prominent part of the workplace. New communication technologies are even leading to the development of the virtual workplace, a workplace that is not located in any one physical space. Work from home and the gig economy are providing sources of
income that requires less time, travel, and physical effort.

3.How is technology in the workplace effecting the way we conduct business today?

Every business process, such as human resource management and customer service
departments, is on the table for automation, especially as technology becomes more
sophisticated. No matter what the outcome, automation will undoubtedly change the
workplace and, indeed, the wider economy.

Automating processes saves time and allows resources to be diverted elsewhere. It means
companies can remain efficient and more agile with the ability to respond to new challenges
as they are presented.

Technologies will never replace the man. But technology will relieve the human being of the
work activities that are redundant and less valuable. Increased efficiency, productivity and
lower costs all translate to healthier profit margins for businesses small and large.

4. How will technology impact the workplace environment in the future?

In spite of fears that machines will replace people in the workplace. History indicates that
this is unlikely. Companies are always searching for new ways to increase productivity and
efficiently, in short to produce more product or service units for lower cost in less time. As
automation technology becomes more ingrained into the workplace, employee training
becomes directed to employees’ time toward higher-value
work.                                                         

Today’s skills gap is increasing to the point that today&#39;s credentials for many will be
outdated during the next decade. It is essential that employers and prospective employees to
take the initiative to bridge this gap in order to remain relevant in the future. As people learn
to leverage and to embrace the tech that is disrupting the marketplace they can use it for
something more in line with who they are

Office-Traditional

1.How does the Traditional Office function in the workplace?

The traditional office is a place where employees work together for 40 or more hours over 5 days per
week to produce results for a company. The most common arrangement for workers is the traditional
setting. While these areas offer clearly defined separation from other workers and supervisors, this
environment provides the ability to build professional and often personal bonds with coworkers.

Office-Today

1.How does the workplace of today function?

Today, the modern workplace provides flexibility of use and shared space employers and employees.
This offers the freedom to organize their schedules and work hours to meet their needs as long as their
work is completed on time.
The design and layout may be structured in a variety of ways. From home office to  workspace with an
open floor plan to virtual offices to co-working spaces and more. These are among the choices that
individuals consider to select an environment that works best.

Retail-Traditional

1.How has traditional retail and commerce served our community?

Traditional retail refers to the thousands of small, mostly family-owned stores and businesses. They are
also referred to as the “unorganized” retail sector. The “organized” sector refers to large, modern
regional and national retail stores.

The retail crisis is marked by a seemingly endless series of mom-and pop casualties, brought on by
skyrocketing rents and the impact of e-commerce. This has increased and intensified the anxiety in 
major city&#39;s  about matters like gentrification, cultural displacement and the loss of character and
diversity in the local  neighhborhoods..

Retail-Tomorrow

1.What factors are influencing the way retail works today?

The nature of retail is evolving. Skillful operators tend to prefer higher profit margins. In this era of
rising consumer demands, digital advances are helping more successful retailers to achieve some level of
scale beyond their local markets. Remaining competitive today and in the future requires that retailers
consider the benefits of some investments into digital platforms like Amazon and the strategic use of
social media.

Education-Traditional

1.How have we considered approached traditional education and why is this important?

The nature of retail is evolving. Skillful operators tend to prefer higher profit margins. In this era of
rising consumer demands, digital advances are helping more successful retailers to achieve some level of
scale beyond their local markets. Remaining competitive today and in the future requires that retailers
consider the benefits of some investments into digital platforms like Amazon and the strategic use of
social media.

Education-Traditional

1.Why Lifelong Learning is more Important than ever before?

The nature of retail is evolving. Skillful operators tend to prefer higher profit margins. In this era of
rising consumer demands, digital advances are helping more successful retailers to achieve some level of
scale beyond their local markets. Remaining competitive today and in the future requires that retailers
consider the benefits of some investments into digital platforms like Amazon and the strategic use of
social media.