The cost of the project, while critically important, never trumped its key determinative factor: people. Size, skill levels and growth rates of the qualified labor pool were indispensable considerations. With that criteria, Amazon chose New York and D.C.
My dad was a capitalist who took enormous pride in the business he built. But he never allowed his pursuit of the deal to jam his moral compass.
The cost of doing business is supremely important to economic development. But so is promoting a social culture that appeals to the talent required to make these businesses operate.
Workforce has been a signature focus during Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first year in office, and it will continue to be a priority going into 2018.
The monstrous economic development project is worthy of the attention it has garnered. But beyond the numbers, Salesforce’s decision could have profound impacts statewide for a generation to come.
In a time when state and local officials make economic development announcements every day, an increasingly common question is, “How does this benefit me?