Words of wisdomWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
Last week, Toledo Free Press published its annual Visions section, in which we invite economic development leaders to contribute columns in their own words, without our editorial interpretation, that offer insight to the direction our community is taking. It would be odd to offer that space one week then dissect the comments the next, but there were a number of ideas in the section that have stayed with me and that bear repeating.
- “There were two foundational pieces to my platform during the campaign: the creation of more than 1,000 jobs and the elimination of brain drain in the community. As it relates to job creation, I’m very conscious of the fact that government alone does not create jobs in a community. Rather, public economic development efforts should focus on creating the environment where private interests invest the capital that leads to job creation. It is a combination of the two that creates jobs and develops wealth.”
— Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins
- “Success at Toledo Express Airport in 2013 included the completion of an $11 million overlay of the airport’s main runway, the beginning of a long-term partnership with cargo carriers Sierra West Airlines and Northern Air Cargo, and new energy efficiency upgrades in the airfield and terminal building. Allegiant Air added Punta Gorda, Fla., service and it was great to see an overall increase in passenger traffic. In 2014 we will build on this positive momentum at Toledo Express and Toledo Executive Airports and work with our partners to identify new business opportunities and take advantage of the first-class infrastructure at the facilities.”
— Paul Toth, president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
- “For 2014, ToledoRegion.com is launching a new phase that will build upon the successes of the past year with a new generation of emerging, positive thinkers creating grassroots efforts to promote the city and region — efforts such as You Will Do Better in Toledo, Smash Toledo, Circle 2445 and StartUp Toledo. Going forward, the focus will be on an organic balanced promotion of economic development and quality of life in the Toledo Region.”
— Mark A. V’Soske, president of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
- “The information we learn regarding employment opportunities and the current and future needs of our businesses is forwarded to vocational schools, community colleges, universities, training providers and workforce development agencies. This information helps keep training programs and curricula up to date, but more importantly these agencies can work directly with employers to develop specific training programs that generate candidates with the right skills.
— Ford Weber, president and CEO of Lucas County Ecomonic Development Corporation and president of NORED
We know it will be a cooperative effort that advances our region. These thoughts are a great starting point for one of our most important ongoing conversations.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: Ford Weber, Mark A. V’Soske, Paul Toth, president and CEO of Lucas County Ecomonic Development Corporation and president of NORED, president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, president of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins