Attention voters in the North Country: Comptroller Thomas P. Dinapoli released a report stating that the Mohawk Valley had the worst job growth at minus 2.9 percent between 2009 and 2014. Job growth in the North Country was minus 1.5 percent. In the same period, New York City enjoyed the best in job growth among regions in the state at 11.5 percent.
With municipal elections coming up this year, it’s obvious that the No. 1 issue to be addressed by the candidates has to be how they directly propose to secure future job growth. This initiative will tell us who is fit for elective offi ce and who is not.
When, and if, any candidates do actually offer a clearly defi ned plan to successfully induce job growth in the areas they represent, listen carefully. See if the gigantic progress that the global tourism industry’s response markets have been experiencing in America will be included in a candidate’s presentation.
If no mention is made at all, ask, “Why not?” The tourism industries are proven, established generators, capable of creating jobs that remain intact instead of eventually departing from the scene after a period of time.