This question can be applied to every large or small community in the United States. Eventually, all the markets will turn up - some time in the future.
You have to take a look at your community. Will there be growth in the coming years? What is the local leadership doing in terms of improving the socio-economic base for its citizens? Get involved in your local government - attend city council meetings, check on the news at the Chamber of Commerce. Don't hesitate to contact your local real estate agent - they know the trends in your local area.
There is no crystal ball that can predict the future, but you are off to the right start - just keep that ball rolling!