Friday, May 30, 2014

The Most Important Thing

According to the Jackson/Williamson County Survey conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, the most important issue facing both counties is attracting new businesses and jobs to southern Illinois. More jobs for the area trumps reducing local crime, reducing government spending and reducing the local tax burden.

Attracting more jobs and business to the area would also help in combating the student brain drain from SIUC. Unlike universities in larger communities, Carbondale has too small an economic base to keep the students that graduate here yearly. Ergo, they take the skills and education they have spent the last 4-5 years developing with them when they leave the area, seeking employment.

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