Friday, October 03, 2008

Back Home....Working Electronically

“Live where you want. Work Electronically.” It probably is going to be a promo that you are going to see more in the workforce, especially as the Baby Boomers begin to retire. It is a trend that I’m seeing more often in my travels around the country.

In the Lost Rivers Valley I met Kevin and Cheri Pearson who are living exactly that dream. Here is how Kevin told me their story, “I was born and raised here. Cheri was born in Cadillac, MI. I graduated from college in computer science in 1995 and immediately went to work for Hewlett-Packard in Boise. Cheri and I decided that we didn’t want to raise our two children in the big city and H-P was already letting me work a couple of days a week from home, so I approached them about letting me work permanently from here.”

Cheri added, “Our kids are 13 and 14 now but were only 7 & 8 at the time when we moved here. They have the advantage of being able to play in every sport in the school, something that they couldn’t do in Boise. We’ve never regretted the move although initially it was difficult fighting a feeling of loneliness.”

Kevin goes back to Boise on an irregular basis. He was back there last month but has gone as long as six months without going back to see his boss.

The Pearsons live on a small farm that is about 3 miles outside of Moore. Having a DSL connection at the farm was one of the key decisions on where to live when they made the move back home.

Are you ready for these new electronic workers in your town? Do you have the broadband connections that they are going to need?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a real estate agent the question of broadban connection has become as important as does the haouse have a well and septic or city water and sewer? Clients are aware of the importance of being connected.