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We need to think outside manufacturing box

August 31, 2012
The Alpena News

I found it disheartening to read two editorials over the course of a week stating that Alpena is not likely to entice and is not shelf ready to entice a large manufacturer to the area in order to create family wage supporting jobs. Although I think it is a great thing when local people open local businesses I also think it doesn't necessarily create the "family wage supporting" jobs we need. These types of businesses more than likely create minimum wage types of jobs and in a sense recycle local money. Tourism aside, if a business does not have a statewide, national, or global presence it recycles local money. The issue with this process is, it creates a stagnate local economy. We need the influx of the external dollars a large company operating on a global scale would bring to jump start Alpena, entice one, more will come.



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