Cog of Zanzibar nailed this story right. EDGE/NYS Development claim the economy is growing by comparing the number of jobs in 2006 with the number in 1990 (up by 3600) -- carefully glossing over the fact that the number of jobs dropped by 4200 since 2000. What a crock! Let's not even think of comparing the region's inflation-adjusted income over the years ... and how about the population? No mention that it has dropped 26+% since 1970 -- and still dropping. How can you have a growing economy when you have a shrinking population?
"Economic development agencies and educational institutions coordinating and supporting workforce development programs is key to changing the perception that the Mohawk Valley lacks high-quality job opportunities, DiMeo said."
"Changing the perception"???? Well, we're sure that if you look hard enough you will find some "high-quality" opportunities, but they are hardly plentiful -- and what Mr. DiMeo calls "high quality" might be different from what most people consider "high quality." Maybe that is what "changing the perception" is all about ... Let's convince ourselves that slinging hash at the local greasy spoon is a "high quality" opportunity.
And let's not forget that this is the same bunch that told everyone that we had a "shovel-ready" Chip-Fab site in Marcy -- all the while knowing that it lacked an important wetlands permit. But its all a matter of perception, isn't it?
And perception can be controlled by leaving out key facts.