We have seen signs of an improving economy as of late. Real estate is starting to see some good trends, the summer rentals appear to be strong this summer and some businesses have reported that things are looking up so far. However, what is needed is jobs.
And they might be coming.
Sussex County Council members voted this week to give two companies an economic development grant in an effort to grow jobs in the county.
Atlantis Industries Corporation of Milton will receive $44,800, provided its new jobs stay in the county. Grayling Industries will receive $92,000 from the County with the same job stipulations. Those two combined should bring about 200 new jobs to Sussex County.
Those are real jobs, and will be filled either by people who already live in Sussex County, or by people who move here for those jobs and become part of our community. Either way, this move by the Council will ensure that more money is pumped into local stores and businesses, as well as putting food on the table for people who get those jobs.
And, really, employment is a major part of the well-being and vibrancy of any community. If people are working, families are eating, businesses are being frequented and crime numbers often plummet. There is also a matter of personal pride for many who don’t currently have a job, and that can only be filled one way — with honest work.
We applaud Sussex County Council for their continuing efforts to bring jobs to the county, and hope that their efforts will only continue. It is a long, difficult struggle to climb out of this economic hole, and we are showing positive signs, both locally and nationally. This is an example of government doing good for the people it serves, and they should be lauded.
However, this can not be the only job movement we see. We need to continue supporting our local businesses so they can grow and hire more people. We need to continue to train our young so they can be skilled for the workforce when they have to eventually enter “the real world.”
The calendar has turned to May, and we all know what that means.
That road construction we’ve seen throughout the community will soon ground to a halt, and the orange cones and men and women holding stop signs will soon be replaced by cars and vans loaded with vacationers.
We sound like a broken record, but it is vital this year that we all put our best feet forward and welcome our visitors with open arms. We are what we are here for two reasons — the people who live here and those who visit.