|Bill Blazar with the Minnesota Chamber shares |
our local, regional and statewide
The recap from was significant giving us a pulse of how Owatonna and the region compare to the state on many different subjects. The local interviews were conducted in the spring and summer of 2012 before the fiscal cliff gridlock plastered the news. The discussion revolved around accomplishments, challenges, workforce and community strengths and weaknesses.
|Local business leader panelists include (from left to right): |
Scott Kubicek, Advantage Cabinets; Jeff Graby, Truth Hardware;
Tim Bush, Pro-Pet
One major manufacturing company no longer has the local clinic as part of their network. Finally, shifting taxes from home owners to businesses was also a negative in our area. We ranked higher than the state in keeping/remaining/maintaining expansion and businesses in our area compared to the state.
Locally the interviews portrayed businesses as healthy and with more optimism than previous years. There have been expansions and unemployment is lower. We need to foster employee learning and leadership to keep our region vibrant.