by David A. Fitzgibbons III, Partner, Fitzgibbons Law Offices
Among the many takeaways from our bout with the coronavirus is this: The future defies prediction.
However, while we cannot predict the future, we can exert some degree of control over what we believe will happen and what we are going to do with that belief.
As I write this article, neither the coronavirus infection rate nor the extent of damage to our economy has reached its peak; grocery shelves that normally bulge with bathroom tissue and paper towels are too often barren; and a statewide stay-at-home order is in effect.
Looking forward, I cannot know what is going to happen or when, but here is what I strongly believe: Things will get better. This virus will burn itself out, workers will return to their jobs, students to school, worshipers to church, the stock market will improve, and as a society we will settle in to a new normal — perhaps wiser and more cautious than we were a couple of months ago and ready to move forward.
Betting on Pinal County
I believe these things because I choose to, and because I have history on my side. As the saying goes, “Nobody ever got rich betting against the United States of America,” and I am not going to start now.
I am also going to continue betting on Casa Grande and our surrounding communities. Like our father before us and generations of civic leaders, my brother Denis and I look forward to and are counting on the ongoing fulfillment of this area’s destiny. The arrival of large companies, the small businesses that support them, and the new families who will live and work here and strengthen, lead, and enrich our community paint a compelling picture of Casa Grande in the very near future and beyond.
Inevitably, Casa Grande will change — I believe for the better. For those of us who are already here, the pivotal choice is whether we will:
- passively allow our long-awaited economic boom to take us where it will, or
- proactively retool our community in anticipation of the boom, to maximize the boom’s positive impact on current and future residents and businesses.
Making the most of our economic growth calls for a fresh look at every sector of our community and its role in our future:
- Charitable and service organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- Financial institutions
- Health care
- K-12 education
- Local government
- Locally owned businesses.National companies
- News media
- Public safety
- Vocational education
- Youth organizations and activities
How each of those sectors has interacted with the broader community has yielded the Casa Grande of today. Our shared challenge is to up the ante with the expectation that purposeful improvements in every sector will yield a visionary Casa Grande that meets the needs and surpasses the expectations of our future employers and, more important, our future neighbors — who may have come here to pursue a job, and decide to stay here because this is the home they want for themselves and their children.
After the last economic downturn, Denis and I wrote to our law firm’s clients that the best days of Casa Grande lie ahead of us. We still believe that.
Take care of yourselves and your families, businesses and employees. Keep washing your hands. We will see you on the bright streets of Casa Grande on the other side of this.
David Fitzgibbons can be reached at 520-426-3824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.