Start with high-quality bull semen.

Okay, it's not quite that simple. But this story about Tupelo, Mississippi -- and about Vaughn Grisham, the Ole Miss sociologist who became an evangelist of sorts for its approach to community development -- makes the point that the simplest things can work. If, that is, they help you build wealth from the bottom up. I wrote it in 1999. It's even more relevant today.