I got a suggestion that my blog has a negative tone and I should lighten it up. A question for the crowd, when discussing Carbondale business or SIUC is there anything to be upbeat about?
Yes, there are a large number of underpaid, intelligent and nice people here. It is a great place to raise your kids too. But as SIUC has coasted downhill into its current sad state, it doesn't leave much that is uplifting to discuss. Should I be celebrating that a professor who is pretty well paid to teach and do research does it? The free state money given to people who made campaign contributions large enough? Our many levels of government, each setup to stop business owners from doing business here?
The business community is completely dependent on SIUC for service money. I hear that School Center is doing well, but the scope of that is fairly limited to the local economy since their pay scale seems to be low. CCS is doing well, as is SIH. The combination of lack of jobs that allow managers to mature while still in the area and dearth of experienced talent makes starting up or recruiting outside companies difficult. We produce very little beyond education for college students and the swishing around of money in town to pay for services. We also expertly provide the standard American pallet of goods and services for sale at normal prices.
What should we be happy about at SIUC and/or our local business community? If there isn't much to be happy about, why aren't you trying to fix it?