KELO gets me reading the April 2009 Rural Life Census Data Center Newsletter. There's lots of postworthy information... but before I head to work, one key comparison warrants our attention.
In the period from 2002 to 2008, private sector jobs in Lake County grew from 3,741 to 3,776. That's a 0.94% increase.
Over the same period, Brookings County saw private sector employment grow from 11,209 to 13,344, a 19.05% increase.
35 new jobs here. 2,135 new jobs in Brookings County. Forward Madison is aiming for 400 new jobs by 2012, an 11% increase that still falls well short of what Brookings has achieved over the last six years.
Our economic development director, Dwaine Chapel, lives in Brookings. To catch up on those job gains, Mr. Chapel might want to take a day off and walk around the town he lives in to see what they're doing that Madison can copy.
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