Violence and Economic Development

Every community across America is jockeying for valuable economic dollars. The issue of funding local services and quality of life greatly depends on the overall safety in a community.
The White Elephant in the equation seems to rest in the area of violent crime. And the greater issue is that statistics alone do not tell the whole story.
A large measure of safety and security in any community is the perception of violence. Citizens are slow to pay attention to overall crime statistics. What they focus on is the way they feel about their own personal safety.
No one wants to live in a community where you say “Honey cover me while I get the milk “.
This is the primary reason that the National Center is solutions focused with the prevention of violence in mind. Violence has a lasting impact on communities and one area that may never be truly measured is economic development.
Bobby Kipper
Director NCPCV