The Chamber has put videos of its Economic Summit
along with the VSU report it commissioned up on
The videos are on vimeo, because they’re a tad lengthy.
However, they are conveniently linked in by subject.
Particularly our average weekly wage rates, which
we started becoming very concerned about around 2004.
My first human inclination was to go into denial.
I spent several months deciding whether I should even mention this
in our community or not.
But the bottom line on it is,
when you have a challenge, when you have a problem,
you can’t fix it until you come to grips with the fact that
you do have an issue that you need to deal with.
There’s part of the problem around here:
nobody wants to talk about problems.
That needs to change.
However, I don’t like her next point quite as much, which was that
they already have a plan and were presenting it.
That’s part of the reason people don’t want to speak up about problems:
because so often nobody is listening.
She did go on about Opportunity Central, though.
And the Chamber did put up videos of the whole thing on the web.
Bravo, Chamber and ReKasa!
PS: Rekasa told me they were going to do that, and Jim Parker noted
that they had done it.
Let’s leapfrog Thomasville in the 21st century equivalent of roads, rail, and airports: Internet speeds!
Here’s another point from Chris Miller at the
2011 Economic Summit,
according to the VDT story by Dawn Castro 18 May 2011,
“Thomasville didn’t have hi-speed internet,
so the process of moving products quickly was not possible,”
he said, “With Rose Net hi-speed broadband, it is now able to
work 25 times faster.
That one simple step boosted economic product growth,
and as we all know, the technical industry creates a
wage growth path.”
The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber is positioning Metro Valdosta as Opportunity
Central with opportunities for business to grow and thrive, career
opportunities for well-educated young professionals and opportunities
for cultural interests and active lifestyles.
It’s an opportunity for those of us who are not currently
searching for our next meal to help those who need jobs,
and thereby to help ourselves, so they don’t turn to crime.
Like a burned-over longleaf pine, we can come back from this recession
greener than ever, if we choose wisely.
Switchgrass seemed like a good idea five or ten years ago,
but there is still no market for it.
Not just strictly organic by Georgia’s ridiculously
restrictive standards for that, but also less pesticides
for healthier foods, pioneered as nearby as Tifton.
That’s two markets: one for farmers, stores, and farmers’ markets
in growing and distributing healthy food, and one for local
banks in financing farmers converting from their overlarge
pesticide spraying machinery to plows and cultivators.
Similarly, biomass may have seemed like a good idea years ago,
but with Adage backing out of both of its Florida biomass plants
just across the state line, having never built any such plant ever,
the biomass boom never happened.
Meanwhile, our own Wesley Langdale has demonstrated to the state