And What About the Underemployed?
There has been a lot of talk about the underemployed in America and how they are not being counted in the unemployment numbers. How are you supposed to count these people?
I just finished an economic plan for an airport in South Carolina and they had a plethora of skilled and semi-skilled workers in the community because of a large industry base. With the coming of Boeing nearby, the goal was to grab some of that business for the community making use of the existing facilities. But how to grab that business?
We formed an alliance with the local college and community college to establish a transportation center on the airport. We looked at the hiring schedule for Boeing and its subcontractors to find a fit to the local community. Being off the main transportation route which has multiple locations available, we targeted the subcontractors to become subcontractors to them.
Logistics today is the key to successful growth. You need that successful infrastructure and the strong support of the community to properly prepare the businesses for the task at hand. The support of the local education facilities is the key to providing the talent for the particular situation. This community got behind the initiative and kickstarted the businesses in the area.