Today we are treated to another "feel good about us" editorial in the Observer-Dispatch, Guest View: Help grow future of manufacturing in Mohawk Valley, which touts the (taxpayer funded) efforts of our "Workforce Development Board" to provide "training" for area employers.
Once upon a time this region was flush with literally thousands of "high-tech" jobs, many requiring engineering degrees, yet, at the same time, there was no SUNY-Poly or other 4-year state institution, Utica College was merely a small branch of Syracuse University, and Mohawk Valley Community College had neither dorms nor a campus in Rome.
If today's editorial had been published then it would have been met with questions of "Why is it the taxpayer's responsibility to provide training for employers?"
The only jobs supported are those of the trainers who use use the lack of manufacturing jobs to justify taxpayer support of their own.
Simply put, "workforce training" has not and will not bring back manufacturing jobs.
We are overtaxed, overregulated, and our utility and transportation costs are overpriced to be attractive to manufacturers.