Sunday, October 03, 2010

Random Sunday Musings

The news is Saks may be closing? I really am unclear if I have ever been inside of Saks.

Things are looking up.  See what they say about us down in Cincinnati.  Their regional indicators project has recently put out their report "Our Region by the Numbers". See page 7 (page 8 in the pdf numbering) and the benchmarking on the bottom of the page for both the "people indicator standing" and "jobs indictor" heading.

Things are really looking up. From Michigan media is a quote:
"Now regarded as a prime location for 20-somethings, (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is rebuilding its economy, redeveloping former mill locations, and embracing its universities and hospitals as catalysts to attract new investment and retain top talent."
"Prime location for 20-somethings"?? Now where are those Forbes folks ranking the best places for singles? 

Trib has a story on immigrant workers at Nemacolin and opposition in Fayette County.  Why is opposition to immigrants always the loudest where tthe number of immigrants the fewest?  Fayette County really may be on the list of counties with the lowest proportion of immigrants in the entire nation. The story quotes a census stat that 1% of the county is foreign born.  Most of that 1% are folks who arrived in the US many decades ago I suspect.  The rate of recent international immigration in the Fayette county is about as far an outlier as possible in the US, past, present or future. The opposition is as it typically is about jobs and as the article says: "county residents expressed concern that the immigrant workers at Nemacolin were taking jobs that could have gone to local people..."  and that Fayette County "had an average unemployment rate of 9.4 percent over the past year and hit 10 percent in August".  Which gets you really wondering.  Isn't Fayette one of those counties most impacted by the demand for Marcellus Shale workers? Workers that the drilling companies say they are just unable to hire local workers, thus forcing them to bring so many in from Texas, Oklahoma and similar places

Speaking of immigrants and otherwise without comment:


Anonymous n'at said...

Uzbekis! I cant wait for an authentic restaurant to open up down there, or at least their own spin on pizza.

Wondering aloud: what did the natives think of the unwashed masses hired to stoke the flames at Carrie, Eliza and other grrrly mills?

As far as Marcellus jobs, wait until we begin to see capital work at the local mills. One major project planned in this area is being designed in Europe! Not by Dravo, USX, or other bygone entity now only mentioned in Sebak films.

As far as contaminated drinking water, two things:
1. Private wells are unregulated in the Commonwealth, and the DCNR is so backed up they're sitting on decades of raw data.
2. The exploratory drilling methods are status quo, and not unique or to the . Whereby, the engineering and production teams are familiar with procedure and protocols associated with alternate theatres of mineral resource extraction and geologic formations.

In short, neither the Drillers nor the Commonwealth can establish existing conditions to a high degree of certainty. As such, past transgressions and/or pre-existing hazards remain unfounded, while safe, efficient and well documented mineral resource management remains unobtainable in the Commonwealth.

I wonder why New York state set a moratorium??? These issues cannot be related... <:-\

Sunday, October 03, 2010 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I was inside Saks once. It was pretty scary and I left quickly.

Sunday, October 03, 2010 3:47:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

The rebranding of Pittsburgh among policy and media folks has really moved at an astonishing pace. I still think the G20 deserves a great deal of credit for changing the CW on Pittsburgh, but the numbers recently have been pretty good too. However, I guess I still wonder how far this is penetrating into the ranks of actual decision makers (people contemplating a residence decision, people contemplating locating a business operation, and so forth).

Monday, October 04, 2010 7:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only the 2020 Census knows for sure.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed by all the young foreign workers, Eastern Europeans mostly, at U.S. resort areas--tons of the them working the supermarket and other shops in Cape Hatteras this summer. Kennebunkport last year, Rehoboth, Florida. Everywhere. Like most cultural trends--20-something mecca status, for instance--Pittsburgh is just catching up.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:26:00 PM  

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