Thanks to the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Hawaii Economic Summit 2012 . I agree with those who suggested that a better educated workforce should be the Big Island’s highest priority emphasis to improve the island economy. Developer Steve Dunnington disagreed saying education is a long term goal but questioned whether education is the right focus for job creation. Another suggestion was more tax incentives, however most tax incentives, as designed and as implemented, have proven to be generally ineffective and most of the value goes out of state.
We need more of these brainstorming forums – followed by Action Plans and Accountability Plans.
See West Hawaii Today 1-14-12 front page article: “Isle economic summit” HERE
^A melodious thrush and some other residents from Waimea