I believe a successful community/city must have a strong backbone. Let’s take a hard look at the wages/salaries of our teachers, firefighters, police, etc. They may be paid ‘competitive’ wages for the region, but the region as a whole is far below the national average (even when the lower cost of living is taken into consideration). In addition, the amount of money we lose due to turnover is astronomical. We make efforts to attract the best and brightest in tech/business; why not the same treatment? Don’t we want the best teachers for our kids, and the best first responders protecting us as we sleep. Let’s be a model for the region. I think this is a reasonable goal.