In 2006, when the pharmaceutical giant Novartis chose North Carolina over Athens for their billion-dollar plant, they cited lack of an educated work force as the reason.
This may have come as a surprise to those who think that creating jobs is as simple as "getting out of the way". But it doesn't come as a surprise to me.
As a businessman, I understand that solid companies locate and grow where the government has its act together -- where policies favor an even playing field, a pleasant life, public safety, and skilled workers.
Right now, in a recession with unemployment up above 7%, thousands of jobs stand unfilled at high-tech firms, precisely because they can't find workers with the right kind of training in locations with the right quality of life.
But given our current resources, with the right leadership the 118th District can be that haven for new jobs in the 21st century American economy.