Nestle’s biggest lever into small, rural communities is the promise of jobs. Unfortunately for many communities, the jobs don’t appear as promised, and the economic impacts of jobs which send locally generated profits right out of the area (say, to Switzerland) is only now becoming clearer.
The news isn’t all that good.
Locally generated jobs are still far better for a community (best-selling biz book author Michael Shuman recently spoke in the area, and is coming back to make a presentation in McCloud), and the McCloud Chamber of Commerce is taking a positive step towards local self-sufficiency by hosting a “Fresh Business Ideas” mixer tonight (from the Mount Shasta Herald):
The McCloud Chamber of Commerce will host Fresh Business Ideas and Goals Potluck Mixer this Monday, Oct. 20 at the Scout Hall in McCloud. The potluck mixer will be from 6 to 7 p.m.; the presentation and question and answer session is from 7 to 8 p.m.
Special guests Willits Mayor Holly Madrigal and Willits Community Development Director Alan Falleri will share how another small mill town is building a strong and self-reliant economy and answering the need for local jobs.
“As chamber president, I am promoting the importance of purchasing local products and supporting local businesses. This is good economically for our community. Come hear what Willits can teach McCloud,” said McCloud Chamber President Anne Simons.
McCloud’s suffered it’s share of in-fighting and bitterness, yet the community pulled together recently to help paint the Fire Hall. Here’s hoping they have another great event.