Phillip Puckett and his family live in a beautiful rowhouse on South Main Street. Phillip works from his home office as a Program Manager for IBM and was recently elected to Buena Vista’s Board of Trustees. Comment below to join us in exploring how remote working can bring jobs and professionals to a small town like Buena Vista.
Just over two years ago my wife and I decided to make a significant life change when we left our comfortable and familiar life in suburbia Texas and moved to the unknown land of small town Colorado. Both of us were born into suburbia and had lived that way all of our lives. After we had our first child we quickly realized we yearned for a change. Our lives had become sedentary. We were largely bound to the air conditioned indoors or extended time in the car to go shopping, visit friends & family, eat out, grocery shopping, to work, and even to exercise. We knew there had to be a different way to live. We wanted our kids to have different experience. We needed change.
Our journey began about five years ago when, on our annual summer trip to Colorado, we stumbled upon the town of Buena Vista, CO and the South Main development. Nestled right on the edge of the Arkansas River at the end of Main Street, this little development was different. Though at the time there was little infrastructure and only a few houses we were drawn to the classic architecture and proximity to… everything. The river park, mountains, parks, schools, art shops, coffee shops, library, post office, grocery store, sports and outdoor shops, restaurants, climbing, hike and bike trails, church, and a brew pub – all of this was right outside your front door within walking and biking distance. Though this was so different than anything we had experienced, we knew this was the change we needed.
Then reality kicked in, hard. Besides the lifestyle change, a major question was how to make a living in a small town. My skills as an IT professional did not translate to many employment opportunities in Buena Vista. At the time (2007) I had just started working primarily out of my home office – a very common trend for IT workers that started a decade ago. My employer, IBM, had started a global movement to align teams according to business function rather than physical location. I no longer worked with the person in the next office. Instead I was working with people in many other cities around the world. Over the next three years I discovered ways to excel as a remote worker and practiced working during trips to Buena Vista. This would open the door to our permanent move.
Through a series of short blog entries I want to share my experience as a remote worker and how we have used it to change our lives. My goal is to encourage people to leverage technology and this new global workplace to explore new possibilities in their living situation. I also want to explore and discover ways to attract this growing mobile workforce to the town of Buena Vista. When I look out at the beautiful Sawatch mountain range with the roar of the river mixed with sounds from people walking by and playing at the park I am in awe at this new life. Surely there are others out there open to a similar lifestyle change!
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