Erie County has been losing jobs and revenue. With the economy this is happening everywhere, but industrialized areas like Erie County are being hit the hardest. Crises like this can either destroy or be the catalyst to bring change towards prosperity.
For those not yet effected enough to agree we are in a crisis, and headed deeper if we do nothing, look around you. Over 10 percent unemployment, vacant houses, and public services cut back due to lack of funding. Eventually one of these issues will affect you personally. Will it be to late then for change, as it already is for many?
We have a choice. We are being given opportunities other areas would appreciate. Opportunities that will create jobs and revenue, yet are family-oriented, environmentally friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. The lake, islands, Cedar Point, water parks, highways, and NASA attract companies and organizations to invest in our area. Tell them no and the chance may not return.
Erie County could have a baseball park bringing millions to the area along with good jobs, a thriving marina district, and an airport bringing in larger volumes of tourists and items needed for today's technology jobs. Each of these will make the others more successful (current businesses included). Together, they could put Erie County back on track. Is a space museum a possibility?
Wouldn't the scenario just described be more appealing than the alternatives? The few factories we may or may not be able to attract will bring jobs, but not tourists. They will not be as environmentally friendly or as attractive. What if we can not attract the manufacturing at all?
Erie County's trials are intimidating, but the opportunities have outstanding potential. It would be a shame to let small groups with specialized interests ruin this for everyone.