A Southeast Coalition for Job and Economic Development

NC First Congressional District can be the launching pad for Job and Economic Development throughout the southeastern United States.  Individual creativity is the key.  This has always been necessary first step in business, healthcare, education, social and economic welfare of people affected by growth or lack thereof.  Were it not for individual ideas, new products or services, planes, trains, cars, medical procedures, food varieties, computers and the great majority of things we take for granted-wouldn’t exist!  The industrial revolution in Europe and Northeastern U.S. also led to expanded need for materials and later food; primarily from Southern rural areas.  Agriculture remains a major and irreplaceable part of Southern economy.

With the onset of mechanized and improved methods of planting, growth, harvest and processing; so much of the former workforce was replaced by machinery.  Coastal marine industry has been affected by foreign factory fishing fleets, oil spills, river pollution and unpredictable climate.  In almost all cases District One, as with much of NC and Southeast, was left with job losses and nothing locally to replace them.  Commerce Departments transitioned from oversight to scouting for out of state businesses looking to expand, usually for cheaper labor costs.  We were glad to get them.  Over recent decades, it has required industrial parks, cash, tax incentives and raising of educational/vocational standards.  Higher income in metropolitan/urban areas is not reflected in rural areas or revenue.

The dog-eat-dog competition and often exorbitant incentives to attract higher paying jobs to balance the cost leaves rural areas to fend for themselves as best they can.  Agriculture remains a mainstay (people still need to eat), as more and more workers are imported to replace these long since gone from farms.  By way of outsourcing, we now import former exports.  The mechanization that reduced farm worker need, supplied textile mfg. and other localized industries-now long gone, leaves us with a surplus of workers and “no jobs”.

Basically, if we are to regain a balanced employment, we will have to do it ourselves!  The late Red Motley, Parade Magazine, is credited with saying “nothing happens until someone sells something.”  Now, we must begin to think in terms of “Nothing is going to happen until someone invents something”.  This is the message I’m bringing to the First District and have shared with Economic developers in Connecticut, Virginia, Mississippi, Michigan, South Carolina, and Florida among others.  At present we have over sixty products/services invented, in analysis or ready for prototype and mfg., from 3 counties and 8 individuals.

This conservatively reflects 8-10,000 jobs.  Economically the counties are similar to District One and my research associates and I have developed these while working full-time with no support federal, state or local.  With 24 counties in District One, full understanding the concept of invention and innovation and my total and involved support as your congressman— Do the Math!  Comments welcomed email address: arichforcongress@outlook.com