“That is one of my hobbies. I’ve been on the board for the monadnock folklore society for over 30 years and that’s a local nonprofit that presents congore dances, folk dances, and concerts, folk music concerts in the area. A lot of what we do is done in the town of nelson town hall. Sort of meet there, we do some other things, Peterborough and other things in the area. A few things in Keene. So that’s one of my hobbies, working with that.” -Bruce Myrick
Rural vs Urban. Who wins? When you first look at this you have no idea what I’m talking about. I am talking about machining and producing. This is a very hot topic. Do the machinists and their businesses survive in rural areas as they do in urban areas. This is a question that is not as east to answer as you may think.
When I first started in this class, this question was asked. A lot of people including me went with urban because obviously the city has more people and more opportunity. This isn’t always the case. Bruce Myrick, now retired, worked at Corning for 30 years. He worked at a machining company for that long of a time span and most of it was spent in the rural city of Keene, NH. How was he able to be so successful? He had a little bit of luck and a lot of skill and opportunity.
Bruce Myrick was able to live a very simple life in a rural area. How was he able to do that? Why do most people think that being in a machinist in a rural area is not good? Bruce Myrick is a very skilled individual coming out of Keene State College with an industrial technology degree. This was the closest thing to an engineering degree at the time. He prepared himself by equipping an excellent skill set to himself. Marie Duggan, Professor of economics at Keene State College wrote some articles and combined them to make Dollar Sense. These articles talk about the decline of industrialization not only in Keene, but around the United States. One of the articles talks about how Don Brehm was able to create a machining company and was able to sustain it, while the economy was falling. This was all done in a rural area. Bruce Myrick is the perfect example of how rural beats urban.
Bruce talks about his time with Corning and what convinced him to stay when he says, “Well, yeah, I wanted to stay with the location. I mean I like living here and working here and Corning really didn’t change too much. The business really stayed the same it sort of just grew from when I was there. When I started there were 30 people” (Myrick).
This quote explains that Myrick loved the town he has lived in and wanted to continue living there so he found a way to make it happen. There are a lot of people who wouldn’t agree with what I am saying when I say you can succeed just as well in a rural area as an urban when dealing with machining and industrialization. Bruce Myrick along with many others are an example that counters their argument.
Porters Op Ed. Eduardo Porter talks about in his article, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/14/opinion/rural-america-trump-decline.html?mtrref=www.google.com&assetType=PAYWALL the changing of the economy in America as we know it. The economy that it used to be was businesses spread all throughout America. What the economy is now, and what I would say is an agglomeration economy. This is when all of the big businesses are in one area and are not spread out. This is true for America right now as most businesses are in New York, or Washington D.C. or another big city. Now I do not agree with his statement around innovation not being capable anymore. I believe and I always will believe that anything is possible if you put enough effort and time into it. If someone wants to start a company and it means the world and their whole life to them, they will find a way. This is what I have done throughout my life, I have found a way.