Government should absolutely incentivize investment, apprenticeships and job creation in struggling communities. But business leaders need to step up, too.
Its not only the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. It’s good business sense to locate your workforce in low cost locations where those jobs will be highly sought after.
All of us need to do a better job harnessing the work ethic and sense of pride that is present in communities across America and empowering those communities to shape their own economic destiny. To borrow a Silicon Valley phrase, we need distributed networks for jobs.
Unless we integrate every community back into our national economy, we will not succeed in keeping this whole project we call America stitched together. And unless the Democratic Party offers a plan for economic opportunity for twenty-first century jobs in places left behind, we will not earn a governing majority.
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