Tipton visit pushes manufacturing

Mar 09, 2016

The workers are looking, but with unemployment still more than 2 points higher than pre-recension levels, jobs aren't around every corner
"One thing we need to do is make not only our state, but our country as well as a place where people want to do business." said Rep. Scott Tipton (R-COLO).

It's a global economy so that may be obvious, but what's the solution to get them here?
"Let's look at a tax code that is not punitive, that is incentivizing job creation, creating manufacturing jobs in this country." Tipton said.
enter "Jump Start" a state wide program that can give qualifying businesses and their employees up to 8 years of tax freedom for doing business in Colorado. and at the mesa county workforce center, they've stirred up some recipes as well
"What we want to do is be able to provide some ancillary benefits to that jump start program. Their basic need number one is having a skilled workforce." said John Flannagan, the director for the Mesa County Workforce Center.
While Mesa County's manufacturing base hasn't changed much, where they get their paychecks has...
"You look at manufacturing now, it is not like it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. it's a highly specialized clean field. When you think about manufacturing, particularly if you're my age or a little bit older, is coming out of the plant covered in dirt, it's just not like that anymore.
According to Flanagan, getting a job at a Lewis Engineering or West Star...
"It is one of the best if not the best wealth creator of any industry.
...can be 25% higher than other industries, masking the up and down market that's been our Mesa counties reality.

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