Sunday, July 16, 2017
Salisbury's Chamber of Commerce Seeking Politics Push?
In today's Daily Times, an article surfaced with an interview with the new Chamber of Commerce President Bill Chambers, discussing the 'political punch' the organization will engage now that he's heading the ship. Explaining through a series of questions, he discusses the general sentiment of his membership and their feelings of under-representation in Salisbury and surrounding areas.
One thing demonstratively missing from his talk about wind energy and supporting area schools is: How is the Chamber, under his new management, planning to inspire small businesses to flourish in Salisbury again?
A City can't live with only a couple big employers... It needs to be a village of many...
Yes, he does talk about all the feel-good initiatives we're used to hearing from other local government types, but the true nexus of Salisbury's economy hinges on whether or not the area can support (and be supported by) small business. As any economist in the know will relay, the nucleus of any community is it's ability to prosper monetarily; hence, everything from that point forward all falls in line like a Domino chain.
When we take mini-roadtrips around the Bury...
Chambers, like our illustrious Mayor Jake Day, seeme to be under the impression Salisbury has an upward mobile economy and shortage of housing. Really?
First, the Help Wanted adverts in the Daily Times are practically non-existent - even in the Sunday Edition. If one goes on CareerSeekers or any other job posting websites (that tell you the number of applicants for a job) many in the area have excess of 100 applicants who've applied for positions listed.
Third, if you ride up and down City streets, there's several For Rent signs all over the place. Granted, it's summertime and schools like SU and UMES are on light course schedules; however, for a real economy to exist, there has to be a large degree of residential permanence.
Is he thinking there's some shortage of low-income Section 8 housing for those who are on unemployment and welfare? Don't worry, Day is fixing that issue by trashing up Downtown with said housing soon enough!
This isn't rocket science here...
Common sense dictates with that many rental signs, job applicants out the whazoo and business closures coming in almost monthly, Chambers' statements are unsubstantiated with tangibles! Where does he get his information from? Some fancy Powerpoint?
The problem our local leaders seem to have is optics, optics, optics! Unless you're driving around blind, you can't help but see the evidence doesn't jive with their verb.
Are we doomed to have people in our government and business leadership who keep perpetuating the same prosperity myth in spite of what we see before our very eyes? Instead of playing hard political ball with local government, wouldn't it be a better track for the Chamber to be apolitical and push for a fertile seedbed where small businesses will want to open while providing real jobs to the area?
Once again, I'm just a man asking questions...
at 7/16/2017 06:00:00 AM