By: Alexander Adams, AICP, CNU-A
2020 will be known as the “Year of COVID-19”. This has a negative connotation for most people, however many opportunities emerged like zoom calls, online training, working from home, enjoying family time, baking, and cooking at home again. There were also missed opportunities of a lifetime. Schools were closed for over 6 months and still at reduced capacities #covid and no one talked about emergency stimulus or the advancement of school infrastructure projects. Our teachers are still overlooked when we talk about front line workers, pay raises, PPE, and giving back to the community. What will it take for us to realize that the only long-term solution to economic vitality is an educated, diverse, skilled workforce? I hope our leaders top to bottom can reshuffle their 2021 goals to include our future, kids, teachers, and the places where we teach PK-college, trade schools, and retraining our workforce. This is my wish for 2021.