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Proposal: Population Matters

What is going to happen to the city when everyone moves away? Where will you go? What will you do? Hopefully I can help change that and you will not have to worry about making a back up plan. However, I can not do it on my own, I am going to need the help of everyone in the community. Together, we can make Cumberland a great place to live. 

The Issue

Problem Defined

I am trying to solve the fact that Cumberland is losing its population over time. People are leaving and moving for many different reasons. Although the city still has residency, income is becoming a problem as well and we are losing many businesses. 

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Seeing the Decrease First HandMORE

From living in Cumberland, or around the area, I have seen that the population is decreasing. Many people come and go, but more people move away rather than stay and grow. 

The Decrease in NumbersMORE

Income DecreaseMORE

Not only does population decrease, but income does as well. With the decrease, it causes businesses to shut down and less entertaining things for the community. Families or teens will have nothing to do which could cause them to fall into drugs or other bad habits. 

Educational EffectMORE

With the decrease in population comes the lowering of income. Without decent income, businesses are going out and there will not be much money for schools. Children will not receive very good education and teachers will be even more underpaid. When children do not get a good education, they will not have a very good future or their families will move away to give them a better education. The families moving away will only add onto the decrease in population.

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I am a student here at Allegany College of Maryland. The school is located in Cumberland, Maryland where I am proposing the decrease in population. I am very intrigued with this issue because it affects myself and my family. It even affects future generations that grow up here in Cumberland. 

Alexis McFarland
Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Ways to Save BetterMORE

The community needs to find ways to finance better and take what they have and hold onto most of it. When they save, it helps for a rainy day in the future if we ever need anything. 

Rolling MillsMORE

I understand that this project is going to be costly, but if we put more interesting things in this area, more people will want to visit. When more visitations happen, more residences will occur. Not only will filling in places help improve residency, but it will also give visitors more to look forward too. When we bring in more profit from the Rolling Mill, we can have more saved for the future.  

Expected Results
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Increase in Population MORE

I hope to help the community gain residents. With the proposals that I am aspiring to have done, hopefully, it increases the population. I excel to have more people look at Cumberland as a safe place to grow and raise a family. 

Increase in IncomeMORE

When more people come to live or visit here in Cumberland, we will receive more income. Not only will we get the income from the residency, but the visitors will hopefully stop for a bite to eat here or visit places. When they leave, I hope to give them the impression of fun or very friendly and maybe they will tell others about Cumberland. This will bring in a lot more income. 


My expected budget should range from $100,000-$300,000. If not, hopefully it is less. 

The Conversation

5 months ago
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