RDA Happenings November 2015
Posted on November 1, 2015 – By Emporia RDA
At a recent meeting I attended, the speaker pointed out that the Gallup World poll has asked a series of questions to the world population. What the Gallop World poll has revealed is “What everyone in the world wants is a good job. This is one of Gallup’s biggest discoveries ever, yet almost no leader in the world knows this. It is a sociological shift of great significance. People want a good job; they don’t want informal jobs or self-employment out of necessity,”
Gallup Chairman/CEO Jim Clifton recently made several points in his book entitled, “The Com-ing Jobs War” which he predicts is the next global war.
The definition Gallup uses for a good job is one with 30+ hours of work per week with a con-sistent paycheck from an employer. He defines a “great job” as one in which the person believes the employer cares about their development, believes their work creates value with their strengths being utilized daily.
Mr. Clifton suggests that the creation of good jobs is a function of talented entrepreneurs devel-oping new goods and service with an understanding of their customers in regional, national and global markets. It is also asserted that the global demand and will to have a “good job” is not being met by the world.
The U.S. Department of Census recently released the 2013 County Business Patterns for all U.S. Counties. The average annual salary for Lyon County was $30,468. The highest average salary for those occupations in Utilities business was $86,182. The next highest categories in order highest to lowest was $44,055 for Mining & Quarry workers, and $41,980 for Manufac-turing occupations.
The total Manufacturing occupations in Lyon County are 2,889 or 26% of the total jobs of 11,075 in Lyon County.
When the 2014 & 2015 County Business Patterns are released in future years it will reflect the growth in the Emporia business community with Hostess Brands, Simmons Pet Food and Birch Communications. The number of new jobs created will be well above 800 jobs and at or above the average salary for Lyon County, clearly a good job.
The RDA has begun the next phase with Applied Marketing on developing prospective leads for new companies expanding into Emporia and Lyon County.
H.J. Baker will begin construction of their new Emporia facility in early 2016 (weather permit-ting) and be operational in third quarter 2016.
The RDA continues to have activity on projects with existing and new companies.