Through the official Humboldt County grapevine, you may have heard about the unveiling of the New Business “Confidence” Report put on by the folks over at Prosperity this coming Friday.
This eye-opening report, and the new economic dashboard featured on the Prosperity website, are just the latest of the many pathetic attempts by local officials to pretend like they are doing something proactive about Humboldt’s faltering economy.
We will hold off on 100% completely ripping on this waste of time and money until after the report party has gone down. However, let’s talk about some of the really cool things that you can see on the new economic dashboard.
For example, lets see how many firms were created between 2004-2009 in the vaunted “Targets of Opportunity” category.
Hmm, net loss huh? Weird – somebody told us that Humboldt’s economy was doing really well. We, as you may have guessed, tend to disagree.
However, let’s put that aside. In fact, THC would like to give Prosperity! some credit. There are some useful tools on the website, and really great info (particularly for sickos like us who love to read about how frickin’ bad things are looking around here.)
Yep, you can probably even find something on the site that tells you wages have increased, and that’s sort of true. They just haven’t increased for average schmucks like us. Who keeps getting raises? Hmmm….Public sector administrators, anyone?
Anywho, having a nifty little economic tool online is great – just think about how many people will be rushing to create jobs and do business in Humboldt when we have such a sparkling track record for all to see. The numbers shown on Prosperity! really speak volumes, don’t you think?
Too bad nobody ever uses the site. Don’t pretend like you ever used it/heard of it before, you know you didn’t. And even Google agrees with us on this. Wanna know how we know?
Because a simple Google search of “Humboldt Economy” ranks a certain really cool blog ahead of the Prosperity website itself. Check it!
Ouch! Sorry Prosperity, there’s a new head honcho in town! The Humboldt Consequential, ordained by Google as Humboldt’s foremost economic experts.
Now, we won’t see you on Friday at the Prosperity Reception as that would require us to leave mommy’s basement, but we would love to hear from you about how you feel about the event if you should happen to go.
But if you have any questions before you subject yourself to that kind of torture, you know who to ask: The Humboldt Consequential.