What This Town Needs
High Tech Industry - Part 2: BRING IT ON!
In part one of this What This Town Needs opinion piece I opined that Los Banos Ca. critically NEEDS high tech industry and I went over why I do not think that we should fear the introduction of high tech industry here. I also explained a few things that could be done to retain the small town atmosphere. In part 2, I will give my opinions as to how Los Banos can benefit from Silicon Valley settling in among us.
Part 2 - BRING IT ON!
Now having gone over my personal opinions on what we can choose not to lose if high tech comes in, please bear with me a little longer and let me share with you my opinions on what Los Banos can GAIN via courting the high tech industry to come to our town. The reasons to bring High Tech to Los Banos California are so numerous that to write them all down would be prohibitive insofar as space in this What This Town Needs article. However the points below will make a good place to begin discussion.
Again, this is by no means a comprehensive examination of all the ways having high tech come to Los Banos would be positive. In fact my list is woefully inadequate and not at all comprehensive, but just for a minute do consider some of the benefits:
Income For The City
High tech employment positions are an obvious given, but let us not forget that every high-tech firm also has the need for support staff that need not have doctorate degrees. Not only that but construction and maintenance as well as other local employment opportunities in businesses not directly related to high tech would also increase. Gardeners, pressure washing firms, janitorial contractors and a myriad of others would also be needed. Many of these are unskilled or semiskilled workers who could be taken directly out of the rolls of the unemployed here in town.
Los Banos Benefits From The Unstoppable
Quality Of Life For Presently
Better For Families
For The Environment And Better for The Economy
Did I mention that the saved gas money could be better spent in town thus even further helping our local economy? With gas prices in Los Banos almost always way above what they are over the hill the commuters that I know tend to fill up In San Jose. The sales loss to the local stations would not be critical because commuters will buy where its known to be cheaper anyhow.
So the environment and peoples pocket books would both benefit from introducing vibrant high tech business here in Los Banos.
Caring and Involved Populace
Better Crime Prevention
It is my contention that property values will go up when Silicon Valley spreads to the San Joaquin Valley. Lets have that happen here in Los Banos rather than in a rival town or unincorporated area a few miles away.
So having made my case for courting high tech to our community. I certainly do not expect everyone to agree with this, and I too fear losing the small town atmosphere that I dearly love about Los Banos. However what I fear even more is Los Banos being usurped by other towns because of myopic or small minded ideas which could destroy this town in the long term.
I truly believe that we can keep a small town atmosphere while expanding and growing. Keeping the 'quaint' festivals and the small neighborhoods going as well as continuing to build small community parks with every new development does a lot to help this. Keeping high density housing to a minimum will also keep the vibrancy of this town high. More important however is the leadership of the city. If people feel like the government is supportive of them and accessible to them it is my belief that this will go a long way toward keeping the continuity of the community and therefore insure a small town atmosphere even as we grow to 50 or even 100 thousand in the years to come.
There is to my mind no long term sustainable reason as to why we should turn any high tech opportunity down. Our town simply can NOT live only off of farming and supporting agriculture any longer. We are too far from Silicon Valley to try to be a bedroom community for them especially when other nearby areas are willing to welcome the high-tech industry with open arms.
The benefits to Los Banos of courting high tech include income for the city, employment for the people, a better environment, and even a much better quality of life for the residents of Los Banos. Lets make it happen.
High Tech in Los Banos? BRING IT ON!
What is your opinion on bringing more High Tech Businesses to Los Banos? Share your opinions with the Los Banos Community on the Los Banos Forums Bulletin Board!
** Side Note: The research park idea mentioned above might have some real merit because housing prices and the cost of living here is somewhat lower than the bay area making this an ideal place to start a new business venture. We are close enough to Silicon Valley that meetings could be accomplished but the price of land, office space, and homes for employees is far superior here than in the Bay Area..
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