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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial: Maybe we should study the people who might utilize local housing

  • The Crookston City Council and CHEDA are absolutely right to fast-track a comprehensive study of the current housing climate in Crookston that will also identify directions that things need to head in the future in order to meet a variety of demands in the community.
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  •     The Crookston City Council and CHEDA are absolutely right to fast-track a comprehensive study of the current housing climate in Crookston that will also identify directions that things need to
    head in the future in order to meet a variety of demands in the community.
        The fact that the study was tentatively on the agenda, and in the budget, for 2014 but is being accelerated so that it commences as soon as possible gives the one the feeling that there is a great
    deal of interest among a developer or two in potentially constructing some type of multi-family apartment complex somewhere in Crookston. If people are getting serious about investing some significant money in this community targeted at housing, they’re going to want to hear more than, “Yes, we
    really need (insert specific type) housing in Crookston. It would be great if you’d spend lots of money here.”
        Developers are going to want concrete, detailed and comprehensive information on which to base investments, and that’s what the study will deliver. But, as long as we’re talking about studies and getting detailed information on issues that are of
    critical importance to Crookston’s successful future, could we maybe fast-track a study on the people who might want to move into that new apartment, or buy a house in the new Barrette
    Estates, or buy a large, yet affordable home in one of Crookston’s older neighborhoods, or rent a duplex?
        Of course, in order to afford decent shelter, chances are these people are going to want a job here in Crookston, and that’s kind of where this editorial is going: We seem to be hearing a lot these
    days from some of Crookston’s major employers, mostly located in and around the Industrial Park, about how they need more skilled, motivated workers, but they can never seem to find enough.
        Sure...qualified, skilled people will apply and get hired. But for some reason, too many of them sure seem to be quick to throw in the towel and quit, even as the company is investing time and money in them in order to make them the best employees
    they can be.
        What gives? Don’t people need a decent paycheck? Don’t they bills to pay, and maybe even a family to feed, clothe and keep warm? Why are so many people apparently so fickle when it comes to holding down a job?
        At last week’s CHEDA Board of Directors meeting, while a couple major, local employers spoke yet again of seemingly not being able to solidify an expanded staff, those employers along with others
    Page 2 of 2 - in the room defended the salaries they pay and the benefits packages they offer. They’re as good as anyone elses around these parts, they said.
        If that’s the case, then we might have a problem that dwarfs any housing problem in Crookston. We have a workforce problem.

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