Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Augusta County ... should they have pursued the "megasite"?

It sounds as if Augusta County hired a consultant to tell them what many in the community already could have told them: perhaps they should not have let the "megasite" get away. The Toyota plant "megasite" that was exposed by loose-lipped people and shot down by environmentalists two years ago would have provided blue collar and white collar jobs for the area as well as provided the advantages of Toyota's well-known community involvement.

The consultant cited the need to recruit new businesses, hold onto the old ones, and encourage small businesses ... and cited the lack of jobs for local students who go to college and those local youth who do not go to college. The manufacturing jobs that have been in the county for over 20 years are not assured of remaining here as companies close plants and shift work forces around the country.

The future of Augusta County will depend on its ability to provide jobs in the years ahead.

Public hearings to get input from the community will be held June 9 at 7 pm at Stuarts Draft High School, June 10 at 7 pm at Riverheads High School, and June 11 at 7 pm at the Augusta County Government Center.


Anonymous said...

By Associated Press
Published: May 12
TOKYO (AP) - A senior Toyota executive says plans for a new auto
assembly plant in Mississippi are being delayed by worries about
slumping American auto sales and a broader U.S. economic slowdown.
The vehicle assembly plant being built in Blue Springs was
initially to be up and running by late 2009 or early 2010.
But Toyota Executive Vice President Mitsuo ######### says that
has now been pushed back to mid-2010 after Toyota reviewed the
plans and considered the signs of a slowdown in the U.S. market
following the subprime mortgage crisis.
Toyota had been on a roll with its offerings of small cars and
gas-electric hybrids amid soaring oil prices.
But Toyota is seeing trouble signs in months ahead because of an
expected decline in U.S. sales and a weak dollar that will erode
the value of its overseas earnings.

Not looking so good is it?

Anonymous said...

Yeah it would have been nice to have a toyota plant but the old guard quashed it. Sorry kids only Wal-Marts and Targets to work at. I am not trashing the above companies just the lack of choices that young people have for jobs around here and why most of them move out.