Is a long weekend really worth it?

It always seems I’m more tired than refreshed after a long holiday weekend. 

Anyone who’s lived in Clinton knows there are a few weekends throughout the year when traffic will be especially heavy.  These weekends are: Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and Opening Weekend of Deer Season.  Last Friday I posted a blog about the traffic we were likely to experience in Clinton over the recent holiday weekend, and just as I had predicted, traffic was steady, to say the least.  Traffic from Kansas City and all parts north funnels through Clinton on the way to Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, Branson and Springfield.

As much as I hate dealing with the traffic on busy holiday weekends, the traffic provides huge economic benefit to the area.  Restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, retail and specialty shops all benefit from the increased traffic.  The City of Clinton benefits as well, every coke sold and every fishing pole purchased generates tax revenue for the city.

The out of towners driving through Clinton on weekends help to pay for the city services you and I take advantage of every day.  Our visitors also get to see how fortunate we are to live in Clinton. 

The economy’s bad everywhere but visitors driving through Clinton wouldn’t know it.  A visitor from Kansas City on the way to Lake of the Ozarks would have seen several indicators of economic growth in Clinton this past weekend.  Just west of town at the Gerhart Industrial Complex, Schreiber Foods is expanding the Capri plant, at the north junction of 7 & 13 highways construction activity at the hospital is apparent, at the south junction of the same highways there are “Now Hiring” signs because three brand new businesses are gearing up to open their doors in the next few weeks.  Clinton shows very well!

I hope you had a great weekend and your traffic waits weren’t too bad.  Here’s a blog schedule for the rest of this week: Wednesday and Thursday, I’m going to share some of my thoughts on health care reform, or lack thereof, and if you only check the blog one day this week, do it on Friday.  I’ll leave you with that teaser!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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