REGISTER VIEWPOINT: How do we get it together?

The ingredients are certainly here. What's less certain is what would make them work. If you believe what's being said
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The ingredients are certainly here.

What's less certain is what would make them work.

If you believe what's being said in the first two installments of the Register's annual progress edition, there's no reason this area's economy shouldn't be on the launchpad, all systems go, power and guidance internal and into the final count for liftoff.

Skilled and educated workforce ready to go? Check.

Transportation in place or developing? Check.

Sites in place or ready for development? Check.

Decent schools? Check, despite the usual complaints from those with axes to grind or simply a chance to control part of their tax bill.

A fantastic place to live, with almost any kind of terrain you could want within a few minutes' drive? Check..

Opportunities for culture that go beyond the abundant roller coasters and waterslides? Check, if you're willing to look.

So what's the key? What would put all of the above together and make this area a magnet to those who want to create jobs?

There's no shortage of people who've heard what we have, and believe it, and see opportunity.

Many of those opportunities have come to nothing. The idea wasn't quite right, the money wasn't quite there, the connection wasn't quite made between the people with the ideas and the cash and the people with the power to make them work. And a string of failures breeds cynicism, even as the small successes happen under our noses.

And there is one glaring weakness: High utility rates, which have people turning out the lights and, in one case over the weekend, costing us business: A scrap steel mill will not locate in Ohio after all.

It doesn't take too many failures to breed cynicism, especially among people who remember the way things used to be and want it to be that way again, or among people who've succumbed to the blockbuster mentality: Something's a rousing success in the first 15 minutes, or it's worse than nothing at all.

We have to get around beyond mindsets, put them behind us. There are plenty of people who believe in our potential.

We have to believe in it ourselves.