I spent twenty-eight years working in planning for Plumas County (population, these days, about 20,000 - 22,000), California, starting as sub-junior flunky in training and ending as first henchman (with a short spell as interim honcho). I retired with the end of 2006. Since then, I have been asked to deal with some specific matters for the county -- and sometimes there has been money in it for me – and have done some consulting. In my new leisure time, I found that Cyburbia has a “Rural and Small Town Planning” forum, and that induced me to join. I plan on spending much of my time elsewhere, but I will check in now and again.