If there's one thing we've learned in America... it's that there
is little or no economic development without education.Education is
what facilitates and stimulates economic development (not a Government welfare
check, that just insures they stay happy where they are). If you want to
advance an individual or a family economically... invest in education.If someone's poor... they need more education (not a check from the
government). If the government feels they need to send them money... they
should also be insuring that at least some of it is going towards education (so
they can get out of the situation they are in, not just be happy there).I've always taught my kids... if they want more income... they have
to get more education. It's worked out so far. And it doesn't end
when you leave high school or even college. You never stop looking for ways to
gain education (in your career field and in general education).
Here's an idea... From the picture it appears the State Fair
grounds are relatively small. It would probably be nice if they were bigger.
But where do we have an undeveloped area that big in the metro area (not out in
Tooele or the Salt Flats)...Hmmm.... We may soon have
the land in Draper where the Federal Penitentiary is!Draper/Bluffdale would probably like to have a facility like this, and the
land is probably bigger than the current Fair Park, and we already own it (so
won't have to tear down people's houses and kick them out to build
it). And Draper is centrally located where our population is growing more in
the South than in SLC.Then we could sell the fair park (to offset
the cost of building a new penitentiary in a less populated area) OR... donate
the fair park land to build a new University on the West side of SLC... Kind of
a UVU but on the West side.
Surely Salt Lake County is one of the least rural in the state, but it still
hosts the state fair, which is a highly rural-related event. So why not move
the fair to another area? I'm sure I'm not the only one who's
thought this, so is there something I'm missing? Is there a special reason
the state fair has to be near the state capital?
I have to disagree with the assertion that the fairpark is only used for one
event a year. There is a swap meet there most summer weekends, concerts, trade
shows. It's not a one use property.@DonWHile it doesn't
need to be in the capital, if you put it out in the middle of nowhere you
won't get very many people from the suburbs and cities, and it really will
turn into a property that is only utilized for one event.
Seems like the State Fair Park used to have a track for car races and indoor
facilities for stuff year round. I remember going to stock car races and
hockey games at the fair park when I was a kid.
Such a resource could be used to develop Worker Self Directed Enterprises -
WSDE's, as well as conventional start-ups.
Regarding my previous remark, most of you probably don't know what Worker
Self Directed Enterprises - WSDE's - are. They are enterprises created by
workers which remain owned and managed by the workers. They are nothing new.
There are a number of examples in Europe (particularly Spain) and the United
States. The original Silicon Valley startups were WSDE's - in garages.
They went on to be conventional corporations. The trouble with corporations is
that they are not democratic. WSDE's may be part of the solution to
chronic unemployment, especially long term unemployment.This campus
could be a place where students can take charge in forming cooperatives.
Special skills are necessary to do this, but it has been done many times before.
Let's really think outside the box on this one. This is a unique
opportunity. Could SLCC lead the way here?