As the immediate Past President of the Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and a long time board member I’ve learned a lot about economic development over the past several years. I’ve learned that every community in the country is competing to attract the same new businesses and working hard to retain current businesses.
I’ve also learned that there are several factors that make a community attractive to business. Those factors include infrastructure, tax base, access to transportation routes, access to health care and strong schools.
The Vision of the Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is “To be the catalyst for economic growth in the greater Clinton area” and in keeping with our Vision the Chamber Board voted unanimously to recommend that our membership support the school bond issue on the April 2nd ballot.
When we host site visits and respond to information requests from potential businesses they always ask about, and want to see, our schools. Businesses interested in Clinton want to know that we have a strong school system with up to date facilities. They know that the quality of the school system will impact their success as a business. The quality of schools will have a direct impact on their ability to recruit staff and provide a qualified and sustainable workforce.
The April 2nd ballot issue provides an opportunity to invest in our schools without increasing taxes. By Voting “Yes” on the bond issue you are helping position Clinton to be a viable competitor on the world stage because every community in the country is competing with Clinton for the same opportunities.