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Re: “Consultant recommends four sites for Technology Park

I disagree with the insinuations of some previous posts. I have worked with and for many technology-related businesses in Little Rock over the past 10 years. In my quick estimation from that experience I would say that Little Rock could easily provide 200-500 people to work in high-tech immediately.

All of the jobs in such a park are not technical engineers; while engineers may be the source of the product creation, the number of supporting occupations would be larger. This state's universities graduate thousands of people who want such jobs, and want to stay in-state, but are forced to look outside our borders. It takes forward-looking investment to bring in companies that can provide these jobs. Those who repair our cars and refrigerators are not the "grease monkeys" of yesterday, they are highly-skilled tradesmen just the same as a product engineer for Apple.

One should not assume that only people who live in Silicon Valley are capable of doing such labors, nor that the people who perform these tasks are of a higher mind-set than our own citizens. There are hillbillies and rednecks in every corner of the globe; while they may have names like Jim Bob in Arkansas, they go by the name of Vito in New York City, or Khloe in New Jersey.

Additionally, I have found very few to be bigoted nor i have encountered any that ask me where I go to church. Maybe some people just attract those types.

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Posted by richinar on 10/05/2012 at 9:44 AM


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