Although there is a considerable political component to this, I'd
appreciate if feedback does not include political criticism (because
that would not be constructive - and what's urgently needed is your most
constructive and creative thoughts).
The economy sucks. A significant proportion of the (global) population
is afraid to spend, and an early casualty is the RV manufacturing
industry - for obvious reasons. That industry played a significant role
in the economy of Elkhart Indiana - and (at last look) Elkhart is
experiencing a 19+% unemployment rate.
Following a PBS Newshour broadcast that reported on their problems, I
sent this e-mail to Dick Moore, the Mayor of Elkhart:
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Yesterday our local PBS NewsHour program reported that Elkhart is
experiencing particularly uncomfortable consequences of the general
economic downturn, and that your city has both unused production space
and people in urgent need of employment.
I own a small business that produces passive solar heating panels, and
over the last few years I've been working to develop directly
solar-powered engines that appear ideally suited for pumping and
My present production / R&D facility is located in a rented aircraft
hanger at a small airfield on the edge of the small rural community of
DeSoto, Iowa. I'm pretty "small potatoes", but I've developed a first
class product and orders are on the increase in spite of (or perhaps
helped by) the current economy.
The current facility is marginal, and I do not have any significant
production workforce available to me.
I'm not much of a "wheeler-dealer" type, and I'm not sure how to go
about proposing a nice crisp path from where I am to setting up an
operation in Elkhart, but I'm inclined to believe that some kind of
partnership between myself and one or several of the RV producers could
be worked out so that everyone could benefit.
I'd like to invite discussion if, with your intimate knowledge of
Elkhart and the current RV manufacturing businesses, you think this idea
might have any real chance of success.
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It's been more than a week - and no response (and I'm no longer
expecting a response). Obviously, I'm not a wordsmith - but equally
obviously, I'm missing something really fundamental here.
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