This is a hopeful article... especially the part about small towns which generate their own electricity being viable options for owning computer servers and selling the service to generate municipal income. Interesting idea?
First of all, for these plans to work, local folk have to be open to change and supporting new business. It takes a certain sense of pride and love of community; not all small towns have that, unfortunately. I moved here 12 years ago hoping for that lovely "small town" experience...perhaps as change comes the attitude will change towards change? lol