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pussandboots

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  11:53:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We need more jobs instead of resturants,we can't afford them. We have not eaten since the shoe factory closed. Please help.

MindCrime

USA
77 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  5:10:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe you should try getting a job at one of the restaurants then you could afford a pack of crackers and an RC Cola!

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Angelfire777


20 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  8:03:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Restaurants can only hire a few people. Most are family-run. And if they pay anything its usually $2 + whatever tips you can make from a community of nontipping octogenarians.

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MindCrime

USA
77 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2003 :  10:00:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So what is the answer for the jobless problem in blairsville?

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Chris

USA
179 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2003 :  01:37:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With the economy starting to make a turn for the better, the answer to our unemployed is to create jobs through a large retailer like Target. This store would easily employ at least 50 or so people and keep plenty of our shopping dollars and sales tax inside of town instead of going to Murphy's coffers. I don't know why people oppose this idea...there's no local retailer (except maybe Alexander's) that fits in a category like Target. Even then, Alexander's and Target wouldn't compete against each other because Alexander's markets itself towards a farming customer base. I hope for the sake of the jobless that a job creator like a Target store can come into Blairsville one day.Go to Top of Page
Angelfire777


20 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2003 :  05:43:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At least your thinking Chris.

Accepting as true that Target would employ 50 or so... A significant percentage, including store management would be "imports." Some supervisory and most administrative jobs would go to locals along with the low Mcjobs which would be awarded to unskilled local labor.
Assume that 35 jobs go to locals.

6% of a 10,000 person workforce = 600 unemployed. 600 minus the 40 jobs brought in by Target = 560 unemployed. When people shop at Target, they don't buy from the existing mom and pop retailers. The fact is that when a big box store comes into an area, it leaves abandoned commercial retail space in its wake. This just adds more people to the unemployment ranks.

At the end of the day, big box stores offer low prices because they operate efficiently...which means they have less payroll than that of the accumulated Mom-and-Pops they destroy.

Blairsville needs to use its tax base and whatever political clout it has to either becoming a tourist retail market or an industrial hub. The most jobs come from the industrial choice. But it requires assets and an infrastructure and lucky geography. Its geographically too far from Atlanta, Chattanooga and Ashville. Utilities are overpriced and there aren't enough assets to develop infrastructure without a FIVE MILLION DOLLAR BOND and an EXEMPTION FROM PAYING ANY LOCAL TAXES (Tyson). And the reason there aren't any county assets?
Because those who placed themselves on the Development Authority have funneled it to themselves through sweetheart deals creating considerable personal fortunes .

Retail-based economy? Maybe. But it depends on attracting or developing and supporting entrepreneurs who are willing to take on debt or other risk. But look what happens to them time after time. They get put in a pot and eaten by the natives... the same natives on the Development Authority or that Union County Bank bunch.

Blairsville is a retirement community. Its obvious track is to cater to that. Its a good place to die. Apparently its better than Florida because they seem to flock up here from there for that purpose. So developing the medical care industry - and all the jobs that it takes to support it - is obviously the best choice.

Only thing is... you have to keep the pigs away from the trough. Maybe a better anaolgy is to remove the cancer. Until the real two or three heads who control local leadership either get religion, dies or leaves town in disgrace and powerless, we will have no significant economy to support employment.

What do we do about it? Only God can give them religion and death is not up for consideration...But we can demand resignations, replacements, restitution through criminal trials and civil suits... in a legal forum which isn't locally owned.

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Chris

USA
179 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2003 :  4:41:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"6% of a 10,000 person workforce = 600 unemployed. 600 minus the 40 jobs brought in by Target = 560 unemployed. When people shop at Target, they don't buy from the existing mom and pop retailers. The fact is that when a big box store comes into an area, it leaves abandoned commercial retail space in its wake. This just adds more people to the unemployment ranks."

I like how you did your homework, Angelfire, but you're missing the point. There's only 1 other big box store in Union County, and that is Alexander's. Most of the items they offer and make money on won't be found at Target. Blairsville is single-handedly responsible for roughly 40-50% of the Murphy Wal-Mart's sales, so if anyone loses out by a Blairsville Target store it is the people of Murphy. All of that sales tax and money stays within Blairsville, pumping even more money into the local economy for monitored SPLOST projects, which would require jobs to build and maintain. The Industrial sector seems to be gaining ground with the Airport Park expanding. However, the one factor that seriously hurts heavy industry here is the fact that we don't have any railroads to efficiently transport the goods to major markets. So, only small to medium industries can survive here with truck transportation. The citizens of Blairsville are on average better educated than the rest of the area, so how about attracting some clean, high-tech industry here?
I agree that the medical industry is the best to expand simply because we have more physicians and health-care personnel than other local areas. Our hospital is excellent and on the verge of becoming a major regional facility, and more specialists are coming in. But, as much as you hate it Angelfire, United Community Bank will be the driving force in jobs here. As long as Jimmy Tallent continues to buy banks left and right, there will be more jobs available at the headquarters. Don't forget the other banks too--how on earth does an area of 20,000 have four large banks to choose from? By the sheer amount of wealth here, that's how. And that is what will bring retailers to Blairsville.

As much as the growth may suck for our aesthetic qualities, it's bound to happen as long as Atlanta keeps creeping our way.


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Angelfire777


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Posted - 11/14/2003 :  8:25:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Less Piggliness and more Healthcare.

Thanks for an intelligent and thoughtful reply. It would be great in another place. But what good is sales tax money to the county until ethical government is in play and sweetheart deals stop draining the coffers. We'd already have all the money we need if that wasn't going on.

And regardless of what you think about Union County Bank, Jimmy Tallent doesn't want a light shown into the closet. He has been involved in [edited], [edited] and [edited] that I know of personally. He knows what he did but a lot of people will overlook it until their own ox doesn't get gored.

What if the money flowing through the community had to pass thorough a den of lawful abortionists instead of unlawful fraud artists. The point is that it is ill-gotten gain, no matter what good it is used for.

Do ethics even count to Blairsvillians? or was Machiavelli just right.


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n/a


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Posted - 11/14/2003 :  9:21:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WHAT A CRY ANGELFIRE BABY.

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MindCrime

USA
77 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2003 :  7:57:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Blairsville: "Its a good place to die."
Need that on a bumper sticker or better yet on the sign as you enter the county.

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Chad


19 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2003 :  04:55:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome to Union CountyA Great Place to Die

LOL. I want to buy 100 of them.

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CATCH22

USA
7 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2003 :  07:39:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
AS FOR YOU IT WOULD BE ( A GREAT PLACE TO LIE)

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pussandboots

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2003 :  12:06:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maby someone can open a factory to make bumper stickers ,and give me a job before I die.

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redhead

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2003 :  12:23:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE THIS LADY A JOB. SHE COULD DO GOOD A BUMPER STICKERS OR MAYBE CAR TAGS.
I AM SURE SHE WOULD WORK HARD.

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MindCrime

USA
77 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2003 :  08:13:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
She should try running for commissioner, that's a do nothing job that anyone could do. Just look at the last two we've had.

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pussandboots

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2003 :  09:23:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sure thing, I would be a Jim Dandy commissioner. I would sale liquor license for a quarter apiece. Then I could open me a liquor business of my own and have enough money to retire and die in this town just like the bumper stickers say.

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MindCrime

USA
77 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2003 :  09:34:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You got my vote.
Maybe we should have t-shirts printed instead of bumper stickers. Any suggestions on what should be printed on the back. Maybe something like Blairsville: The land of no opportunity or Blairsville: The land of the lost jobs


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pussandboots

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2003 :  12:02:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well I got one vote. Are there any others?

how about this on a shirt blairsville those near death are welcome all others stay way

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MindCrime

USA
77 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2003 :  08:28:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You could try getting a job at arbor acres, even tho' it is leaving our fine community next year.

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pussandboots

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2003 :  09:19:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No thanks; I got higher standards than that. Iím looking for a sewing machine job.

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MindCrime

USA
77 Posts

Posted - 11/20/2003 :  11:18:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well now aren't you special. Will you have a chauffeur drive you this sewing job?


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SATAN

Iraq
16 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2003 :  11:37:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love unemployed people. Even more, I love unemployable people. An idle mind is my workshop. Keep running business people off. I hate them!

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Last Stand

USA
7 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2003 :  09:23:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Mind Crime why don't you get a job at arbor acres. Here Chicky Chicky..Chicky!

Edited by - Last Stand on 12/15/2003 09:24:56 AM

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Florida transplant

USA
4 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2003 :  7:23:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You need to find a new way to make money and you have to do it on your own.

Edited by - Florida transplant on 12/23/2003 08:04:01 AM

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pussandboots

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 01/12/2004 :  12:07:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You got any ideal? If so let me know.

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thesid

USA
9 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2004 :  1:14:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would have to say Chris and Angelfire are correct. The people in office have to be thrown out. You need someone in there that is not afraid of change. Also we need to get some big companies in Blairsville, Wal-mart, target, etc. Another way to get the economy going is the liquor license. Blairsville is sorrounded by four wet counties and is losing all the money to them. Another way is go through an inflation, get the rich to come off on alil money. Hurt at first but in the long run it will help the economy. Got to hate economics. There are quite a few ways for Blairsvilles' economy to get better. What I have found is on avg. people working in blairsville only makes around $400 a week. I make more than that and I'm only 20 with no degree, because I work in Gainesville for a General Contractor. Get outsiders in and let them boost the economy. Most natives in blairsville have only been as far as Atlanta, they are too stuck on the way things were. Blairsville has got to change in the way it thinks. It's a high retirement community, get a younger generation in.

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