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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


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Great thoughts! Living here in Peoria for the past 2 years, I can tell you that sentiment towards CAT is on the rapid decline. However, those lucky enough to have jobs consider them so and often the perception for the rest is that they want a job "just like that one."

As you have explained, the employed of these manufacturing jobs are virtually powerless in this Global Economy ruled by the almighty hourly wage. It's a sad truth, but now reality.

So what do cities do? Continue to hope to reel in the big fish of manufacturing. Packaging together a ransom of incentives to give to these companies who in turn aren't investing the same back into the communities the same way. It's a vicious cycle. City leaders think we are a few hundred manufacturing jobs away from the "old days," but those days are over.

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