Town hall needed on jobs | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
December 19, 2011 · 7:52 AM
To the editor:
Where’s the jobs, South Whidbey?
Where’s the programming jobs, engineering jobs, the science jobs?
How many programmers, systems administrators and network engineers are working on the mainland when they would rather telecommute or better yet have an office here and still earn a high wage? And how many of those would like to start their own high tech business here?
How many people that have to take the ferry to work every day would rather be able to find a good paying job here? Would you prefer the commute be optional?
Why has the political and business leadership in this community squandered the unique opportunities of living so close to a high-tech center like Seattle, yet most have to leave the island for high tech employment? Where’s the high-tech education on the island?
Why have the issues been ignored for so long when there is clear evidence these concerns have been raised before? Who is standing in the way and why?
I’d really like to know. Now.
According to www.recovery.gov, there weren’t any grants, loans or contracts awarded for new high tech businesses here. Why? I’d like to know why I have never heard any local elected officials talk about the ways entrepreneurs could access those federal resources, all of which I would have welcomed.
There needs to be a town hall meeting for information technology job issues on South Whidbey. Truly, this should have already been done, I am pushing hard to make this happen right after the New Year. I have been asking the hard questions directly to elected officials, business leaders and my neighbors.
We can do this. It’s logical, it’s timely, it could be very exciting.
You can find some of the supporting data and one solution I am working on here: www.southwhidbeyconnects.org/about.