A recent tweet from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged people to move there over Austin. It got the mayor of another Texas town thinkin’.
“Or move to Stamford,” James Decker said. “I told somebody, I’m perfectly happy to be like that. Shameless frontier mayor and booster.”
While driving around town one Saturday morning, subtly waving to everyone who passes by, Decker talks about the opportunity he sees in each empty building or lot. Some buildings just need to be demolished. He envisions a park here, new houses there.
Decker wants others to see what he sees in his small town. But there are barriers to getting new people to invest here.
“We’ve got to hold up this sign. ‘Come move to Stamford, we’d love to have you. Houses are cheap, cost of living is cheap. Asterisk – the internet’s terrible but we’re working on it.’”
Rural Texans and Decker will be waiting. He is the kind of guy who has an analogy for everything. He compares getting the internet to smaller towns to railroad expansion in past centuries – an economic development crisis for a new era.
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