Over the last 50 years there have been many societal changes. One has been, and still is, a more mobile workforce that has resulted, in large part, by the dynamics of corporate America. The impact on the local communities has not always been positive.
Those who choose to engage in community activities, more often than not, seek to assert the systems and values from the previous homestead location without attempting to understand what has successfully driven the area in which they now reside. Inevitably, this conflict has a polarizing impact on the community. The unintended victims of the resulting stagnation are the citizenry as a whole.
More often than not, the transients seeking to change the environment of the new location to match the environment from whence they came and leave it for those committed to the area to clean up the mess and reestablish the foundation and values that were proven successes.
This is submitted from the vantage point of one committed to the area for an extended period of time and empirical evidence to support the viewpoint.