Work force experts offer suggestionsSet up a committee; turn area community colleges into vocational schools.
By Mac McLean, Danville Register & Bee staff writer
DANVILLE, Va. - State officials met with area business and community leaders during a special economic development and work force-training forum held Monday morning at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.
The panelists listed a series of suggestions to improve the region’s economy, ranging from creating a special tourism committee to boost the amount of people [sic] visiting Southside to making all work force-training functions the responsibility of the state’s community college system. [my emphasis] (link)
I'll bet we pay these guys dearly for these nuggets of wisdom.
To the untrained non-degreed unemployed non-experts in attendance, who probably showed up to find out how existing employers could compete more readily in the global arena, and how manufacturers should go about building efficiencies into their production processes in order to bring about cost reductions and to allow for growth, expansion, and hiring of new employees, and how Southside might lure more employers away from Fairfax and down to Danville by offering tax incentives and moratoria on growth-stifling government regulations, the advice offered - form a committee!? - had to have seemed ... pointless.
Perhaps the folks in Danville should form a committee to hammer out new guidelines on inviting state "experts" to town - ever again.