What kind of community do we want to live in; a community where parents need to juggle two or three low paying jobs to support a family or a community where people can build real careers that support families?
I talk to people everyday about the struggles they face making ends meet. Our community is filled with hardworking people who simply cannot live here without having multiple jobs. This must change, our people deserve to have real high-paying careers not a string of poverty wage jobs, and the only way to do it is to build a broad and diverse economic base.
We have to supply local businesses with the skilled people that earn justifiably higher wages. We have a skilled trade shortage and through cooperation with existing educational providers we can train up our community to make careers in trades such as plumbing and electrical work.
We also can go directly to businesses with private-public partnership opportunities that assist their growth and provide long-term and high-paying employment for our people. Half of the struggle is getting the ball rolling on smart projects, and government can play a vital role in encouraging the expansion of existing businesses and the establishment of new ones through cooperation.
Good careers do not fall in the lap of a community and government has a role to facilitate a business environment that provides long lasting careers instead of temporary jobs.