Spokane is in the midst of reinventing itself. We're attempting to migrate from the resource-based economy of yesteryear to one more focused on knowledge (read research, patents, biotech, etc.). One thing is for certain and that is our region's economy gets dissed a lot because of an abundance of service industry positions.
At first glance it seems like a dire situation. The real money is in recruiting the Blue-Rays or whomever to settle in our fertile valley here in Spokane...or is it. Richard Florida, known for his astute observations and research on the creative class, thinks service industry-based economies may have something more going for them. He's raising some interesting questions regarding service economies up in Toronto. Can they be the well paying manufacturing jobs of today? Why or why not? He questions:
"Why not say, from a research and development standpoint, from an innovation standpoint, from a job security standpoint, from a flexible work environment standpoint: How do we make our service sector thrive?
"How do we develop a regional strategy to strengthen this? No one's ever done this."
It's an interesting topic to ponder. We have a lot of service work here why not embrace it and do as he says. If you could make $23/hour+ in a service position would you work it?
- Article - Creating better McJobs gives food for thought [TheStar.com-Toronto]