A modest proposal for bringing jobs to Gulf County

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM.

The "truth" is...

There are very few low-wage, low-skilled, industrial workforces like Gulf County's available in the USA today. So, Gulf County will have to document the County workforce in terms prospective employers will accept. Gulf County can do that.

The evidence --

1) Gulf County has an exceptionally stable political atmosphere, thanks to Florida's Home Rule.

Gulf County's governance is dysfunctional, duplicitous and dystopian. The Video of the BOCC's 4/8/2014 meeting is evidence enough of Gulf County's political fratricide. Plus, the County's competing political entities don't collaborate or cooperate so nothing gets done and nothing changes. Gulf County political leadership is susceptible to private-sector guidance that will support traditional nepotism in the public sector.

2) Members of Gulf County's workforce have very low work-life expectations and workers are willing to suffer in silence and toil in pain.

Gulf County School District has one of the highest percentages of high school graduates in Florida (96 percent). GCSD students invest 12 years of their lives to graduate from a school district that offers the poorest preparation for post-secondary education in Florida. GCSD graduates the highest percentage of students who are unfit for military service in Florida. Less than 5 percent of Gulf County high school graduates score in the top 25 percent of U.S. students (ACT=24+). GCSD graduates' scholastic achievement based on National Tests rank GCSD in the bottom 1 percent of U.S. school districts.

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