|RC Mayoral Candidate Steve Allender|
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About the economy: First, we have to admit we have a problem with the economy before we can address it. The 2014 data is in, and again Rapid City’s manufacturing sales are down another $9 million from 2013. The manufacturing sector has been flat, hovering at the $300 million mark for six straight years even with the additions of HF Webster, WL Plastics, and Adams ISC. Why is it so hard for the Mayor to acknowledge this? Saying the economy is good, won’t make it good. The numbers don’t lie.
Most major sectors report growth with the exception of wholesale trade, which took a $24 .3 million nosedive, more than double the decline of $11.4 million the year prior.
The solution seems clear: Unclog City Hall. The permitting process is the most convoluted it has been, perhaps in the history of Rapid City and is gaining a statewide reputation for being so. You don’t have to take my word for it though – talk to someone who gets permits – the developers and contractors. They will tell you in no uncertain terms: Rapid City is anti-growth and anti-business. It’s ironic that the Mayor is touting “streamlining” and the “easy permitting process.” It’s clear that he is out of touch with the City’s customers and it’s costing us millions.
Once the process is corrected, the City must work with Rapid City Economic Development, the Business Development Center and the Chamber of Commerce to develop an outreach plan to attract prospective businesses, both new and existing.
Rapid City needs higher paying jobs and we are not going to find them with our heads buried in the sand. Rapid City’s future is too important to accept economic mediocrity. We should be leading the State, not following.
More on issues and my priorities can be found here: http://chiefsview.com/2015/05/
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