Junction City, Kan. (Vocus) July 9, 2009
Builders, developers and local planning officials need to know how they can leverage the forces of "New Ruralism" to their advantage as they shape the look of their communities for decades to come, according to American Dream Development, a nationally known expert in rural development trends.
Jeff Burton, the founder and president of American Dream Development, is a successful builder of affordable, planned communities in rural areas near large military installations. As a former regional manager for KB Homes in Denver, he has applied the same process, systems and efficiencies he learned as a production builder there to his newer, rural communities. Burton's company is building attractive and high quality communities full of reasonably priced homes in areas traditional big builders would consider "off the map."
But this phenomenon is driven by more than just military bases. New communications technology, coupled with increasingly congested and expensive business climates in large metro areas, has driven many large employers to base operations in far-flung areas that no one would have considered viable merely 20 years ago.
At the same time, rural America is experiencing a population boom as people from all walks of life move to the country or small towns for a simpler life and affordable homes. And there is a pent-up demand for modern homes among longtime rural residents, Burton says.
Beyond the suburbs, beyond even the exurbs, these new hubs of industry, commerce and daily living have created a demand for homes and communities that meet the needs of sophisticated buyers in areas where home construction has always been a "one-at-a-time" proposition.
Suddenly, government officials and planners in these rural areas have the opportunity and challenge of a lifetime: Finding a reliable developer and building partner to design and construct homes and communities on a scale previously unknown - but which will define their future nonetheless.
That building partner will most likely be from out of town - either a small to mid-sized production home builder from a nearby metro area or one of a handful of emerging national companies that specialize in planning and building rural communities.
Burton has learned what it takes for communities to identify and attract reliable developers, and build successful partnerships that will last years. Part of that is knowing what good developers expect, as well as what more opportunistic developers will promise or settle for.
Media interested in interviewing Burton for a story on "New Ruralism" or to receive a bylined article on this topic, please contact Anton Communications at 949-748-0542.
About American Dream Development
Serving New York, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado, American Dream Development is a national homebuilder and developer that create attractive communities and homes for a reasonable price that fit the lifestyle of working families. The firm's primary focus is on building affordable, planned communities in rural areas near large military installations, such as Fort Riley. The company's flagship projects there are the Village at Freedom Place and the American Communities developments near Junction City, KS. Other American Communities projects are eventually planned for Lawton, Okla., Pamelia, NY, Ogdensburg, NY and Le Ray, NY. Jeff Burton, president of American Dream, is experienced in almost every aspect of real estate from land acquisition and development to the construction, sales and marketing of new homes. Prior to launching American Dream Development, Burton was the Director of Construction and Development for Picerne Military Housing, a national real estate development, construction and property management company that partners with the U.S. military to providing affordable housing for military families. He also served as Regional Manager for KB Home and Senior Superintendent for Richmond Homes in Denver, Colo. Additional information is available at http://www.adreamdev.com .