Perhaps people will find this article about Cummins and Columbus, Indiana interesting. Its CEO had a unique idea to attract employees to Cummins.

In 1954, J. Irwin Miller, CEO of Cummins Engine Company started the Cummins Foundation, which began paying the architectural fees of world-renowned architects who would design a public building in Columbus, Indiana. Between the mid-1950s and the mid-1980s, the town averaged two new architectural masterpieces annually. Today, the town is home to over 90 buildings and parks designed by renowned architects and attracts ~50,000 tourists per year.

Not everyone would prefer a smaller city of 44,000 (79,000 people in its county), and those who would enjoy it, like the people who come to Peoria, Illinois, would want some assurance it wouldn’t move its headquarters to a larger city such as Chicago (9,500,000 people in its metro area).

Caterpillar, a major competitor of Cummins in the diesel engine market for heavy trucks that move much of the freight in America, recently moved its headquarters to Deerfield, a Chicago suburb. However, only 300 people will end up working there, with most of Caterpillar employees remaining in the Peoria area.

Chicago was the only U.S. city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population in 2016, the third year in a row. The metro area also lost population. A Chicago Tribune survey found that former residents said they left for a variety of reasons: high taxes, the state budget stalemate, crime, the unemployment rate and weather. Black residents have also left in search of safe neighborhoods and prosperity, with many heading to the suburbs and warm-weather states. Chicago lost about 181,000 black residents between 2000 and 2010.

The Cummins Foundation’s plan to attract top architects to design public buildings seems to have worked for Columbus and Cummins. Maybe small cities can reverse the overall trend of migration to large metropolitan areas with creative ideas like that.

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In previous blog posts, I began telling the story of my brain tumor and the depression which followed it. The second article in the series described my faith in God which sustained me through both trials.

Having recently started a word-by-word translation of Martin Luther’s Bible from German to English, I introduced the projectand published Matthew Chapter 1 . Later I wrote commentary on it; my church background and theological training is in my USA Melting Pot bio.
Dale Murrish writes on historytraveltechnologyreligion and politics for the USA Melting Pot club, LinkedIn, and Troy Patch. On the USA Melting Pot website are over a dozen ethnic presentations from people with firsthand knowledge under Culture & Country (right hand side), and outdoor presentations (Hobby & Fun), including posts on bicycling, skiing and camping.

Other interesting articles on the USA Melting Pot website have been written by Bilal Rathur on his hajj to Saudi Arabia (Part 6) and by Carl Petersen. Thanks to both of them for their contributions.