Linda believes that the foundation of any economy is putting people to work. Men and women with a job and a paycheck are the fuel of a community’s economic engine. Small Business is the glue that keeps the economy of communities like Fall River together.
The lynch pin of Linda’s plan to revitalize Fall River is putting people back to work, and working with our business community. Attracting new businesses and jobs into Fall River will always be a priority. However, keeping existing businesses alive and growing is a factor that has been given far too little attention. Watching businesses leave, taking with them jobs and adding to our unemployment rate, is unacceptable.
Linda’s solution is to provide our workforce with the basic tools to find and keep good jobs. There are six million jobs available in the United States that are unfilled because the workforce does not have the training and skills necessary to fill them. Linda will work with employers to establish apprenticeship programs, work study programs, and partnerships with businesses to provide our workforce the skills necessary to enter the current job market.
There are estimates that as many as 47% of the low skill jobs will be done by robotics within twenty years. Add this projection to the fact that most of the remaining low skill jobs have been exported to foreign countries. It becomes clear the only way to put our people back to work is to provide them with the basic training and skills to find work in today’s job market. Linda will negotiate into TIFF’s training programs and hiring requirements with companies who want tax incentives. It is only fair that a company benefiting from a tax incentive provide our residents with the training they need to fill more than just low wage, easily lost positions.
Having a workforce that is prepared to step into jobs above the non skilled level will encourage employers to come to Fall River and stay. Having apprenticeship programs and partnerships that work will create a labor force potential that can be aggressively marketed and showcased to businesses. A trained workforce and a city that shows its business community the willingness to work together toward a mutual goal of economic stability and growth is the key to success.
Linda will rebuild our economy’s foundation from the ground up brick by brick! That foundation will be built by once again bringing labor, the business community, and city government together all with one goal, to put Fall River back to work! Cooperation and a sense of community will bring Fall River back. It will not be easy, it will not happen overnight, with commitment and the single minded goal to put our city back to work will it happen. Linda has the plan and she is ready to rebuild our economic foundation!