Just a thought to my New Haven friends…

When my mom (Phyllis Pond) was State Representative, she met with the Vera Bradley owners/managers at least 3-4 times a year on an informal basis to make sure the company had what it needed to ensure employment for her constituents and to help the company conduct business in the community.

To our current politicians… How many meetings have they had with the Bradley folks over the last 2 years?… eight? four? one? zero?

Jobs-to-China is an easy excuse for a company to bug-out and for politicians to profess they were powerless in the face of international macroeconomic forces. In reality, it is a lot more complicated than that and preemptive things can be done to keep companies here…

Businesses rarely just dry up and blow away to China or elsewhere on the planet… There are definite early indicators of trouble if leaders are keen enough to notice and understand the implications… Once aware of the specific problems, there are all sorts of state and federal incentives to keep businesses and JOBS in New Haven… BEFORE companies make the announcement to leave…

No disrespect intended to current politicians but the loss of 250 jobs hurts a lot of families… and other businesses… and my hometown… Not good…

Best regards,
Douglas Pond
Indianapolis
New Haven Class of 1974

POSTED: 04/01/15 at 6:50 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions