OBX Connection Home > OBX Connection Forum > Dare County Board: Economic Growth Plan
Dare County Board: Economic Growth Plan

By: obxmini
12/21/2016 9:40 AM

Some might want to read this article, if it hasn't been seen already: Click to follow link... No doubt it will engender quite a few reactions... From an outsider's point of view, there seem to be some very good recommendations.

LikeQuoteFlag



By: JohnMosesBrowning
1/5/2017 3:14 PM

I read that. Everything there seemed quite logical to me and made me wonder why they needed a study to come up with that!

Like +2QuoteFlag


By: hoi toide
1/6/2017 9:42 AM

Dan Parks has been in on this for about a year now. Ted Abernathy looks to be new to the plan, but he is a North Carolinian with a bunch of degrees from prominent universities. Johns Hopkins & UNC-CH.

COA over in Manteo might be able to offer an AD degree Nursing Program but you are going to have a problem with affordable housing, which has been a huge issue for a long time. COA in Edenton has an AD Nursing degree. You'd have a hard time attracting M.D.'s to the area b/c often times it is the wife who makes the big decision & they like to hear about The Arts, Theater, Opera, Chamber Music, Garden Clubs & private schools for the kiddo's.

UNC Coastal Studies Institute...has anybody had the opportunity to get in on one of their courses? Not me, b/c i am not currently enrolled in any of the UNC system schools. It seems like I saw where they may have added some fun things for us non-students, will check it out.

National Sailing Center. While I can comment on the success of Wrightsville Beach's sailing regatta's & clubs I have only been on a Hobie Cat once off the Outer Banks. Every other boat was powered & in general the skill level would need to be expert imho as the sounds are so gigantic there. It is like an ocean! Yes, get kids & grown ups learning in bays & canals & what fun there is to have. But I personally know people who have got their hands on a sail boat & get so scared out there in the sound that they give the thing away...after it has sat at dock rotting for a while. I also know people who set out from Colington to sail the world & came back to tell the tale. Serious smiley

LikeQuoteFlag


By: Beachmark
1/7/2017 10:45 AM

I read that. Everything there seemed quite logical to me and made me wonder why they needed a study to come up with that!
Ditto....

Where are the ideas like further promotion and build up of the boat building business already in Wanchese? Too blue collar?

Like +2QuoteFlag


By: obxmini
1/7/2017 11:47 AM

I read that. Everything there seemed quite logical to me and made me wonder why they needed a study to come up with that!
Ditto....

Where are the ideas like further promotion and build up of the boat building business already in Wanchese? Too blue collar?


Right, I actually inquired about that boat building program a number of months ago and they said they "hoped" it would become active in the future.
***********
Actually, I believe Manteo has a nice sailing program already Click to follow link...
***********

As for the study, I agree it seems like a ton of money and much of it did seem (to me) like "common sense". I am not a native to the area, so it is only as an outsider who'd like to live down there one day that I can react. I think the area has a lot of potential to do more than tourism and to nurture the year round residents. Easy for me to say, I know. The difficult part in any of these kinds of "plans for the future" are getting it going and keeping it going. Sometimes it takes some new blood on different boards, and it surely takes community involvement and encouragement.

As someone who is of "retirement" age, and who has met quite a few similarly aged visitors and residents, I do think that the market is there for year round residents who will need local, good medical care. As one ages in place, one can't count on being able to drive 1 1/2 hours to a specialist...

I appreciate your taking the time to respond - hadn't noticed until just now as I look out my window at the current snow hitting us up here in the north country.
Wink smiley

LikeQuoteFlag


By: Beachmark
1/8/2017 10:57 AM

What bothers me about this
- It looks at development of what is an obvious hot area of growth (i.e., medical services), so, yes, where is the value? AND, a decade from now, medical services growth may not be so hot.
- It does not do much if anything for jobs for ALL people; it really leaves out blue collar jobs

LikeQuoteFlag


By: hoi toide
1/9/2017 5:24 PM

What bothers me about this
- It looks at development of what is an obvious hot area of growth (i.e., medical services), so, yes, where is the value? AND, a decade from now, medical services growth may not be so hot.
- It does not do much if anything for jobs for ALL people; it really leaves out blue collar jobs


Medicine is like a team sport. It always amazes me the variety of folks who work alongside the nurses & Doc's making things happen. Pathology, anesthesia, electrical engineers, Medicaid social workers, cafeteria, housekeeping, labs & so much more.

It is a big biz that in this day & age is having to rethink "bricks & mortar." I most certainly concur that what was once a recession proof industry is no longer. My Dad's 4,400 sq. foot solo private practice was quite difficult to sell during the ACA implementation. Electronic Medical Records plus the ICD-10 federally mandated switch was horrendous.

MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is laying off 1,000 jobs now due to being in the red from implementing new computer software that meets "meaningful use" instead of a bedside manner we are accustomed to. Devilish smiley

An M.D. would want to likely be a part of a HUGE, GIANT CLINIC so that the EMR software is in place. Not sure folks get how cumbersome & expensive it is, but it is! Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money

LikeQuoteFlag


By: Beachmark
1/9/2017 7:51 PM

IMHO.... the bigger picture problem with much of the services is that it does not create new wealth. Wealth is mostly from making (manufacturing), mining and timbering, growing (agriculture), not in mowing the lawn.

Sorry..... medical industries do NOT create broad based blue collar jobs with decent pay. Cafeteria work, custodial work, etc. are on the low end of the wage scale. It is an industry that strongly benefits college educated and professional types (doctors, nurses, administrators), but not high school educated vocational types.

LikeQuoteFlag


By: hoi toide
1/10/2017 8:32 AM

IMHO.... the bigger picture problem with much of the services is that it does not create new wealth. Wealth is mostly from making (manufacturing), mining and timbering, growing (agriculture), not in mowing the lawn.

Sorry..... medical industries do NOT create broad based blue collar jobs with decent pay. Cafeteria work, custodial work, etc. are on the low end of the wage scale. It is an industry that strongly benefits college educated and professional types (doctors, nurses, administrators), but not high school educated vocational types.


Medical procedural coding isn't taught at universities that I am aware of. Medical Transcription is a skill that is rarely "taught." Courier service isn't really a degree program either. I wonder how many medical billers have a sheepskin. Again, not many "degree programs" exist for these ancillary services. I have seen some online degree programs for some of these things but in all honesty it just isn't a requirement for the position. "Certification" maybe but I have been to coding seminar where the person conducting the 2 day seminar put on by the ASPS wasn't a "certified" coder.

Receptionist positions are being downsized with the ACA EMR requirement. Let patients press 0 for an "operator" for 20 minutes & maybe someone will pick up eventually. Angry smiley

LikeQuoteFlag