Niagara Gazette — • Unemployment here is outrageously high in some areas, but it is nowhere near as bad as it got in some of the bigger cities in Ohio, Michigan and even out west in California, Arizona, Nevada and some parts of the south including Florida the Carolinas. No doubt about it, things are tough everywhere, but we have probably already hit rock bottom and we are more likely to bounce back sooner and stay up longer. In addition to the vast potential of tourism growth over the long term, alternative energy resource development and associated manufacturing industries are easily within our reach.
• Location, location, location; Niagara Falls is situated within nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population and 60 percent of the entire Canadian population, nearly 140 million people live less than a day’s drive away. Our transportation infrastructure includes major international rail, maritime and highway access, an international airport that can accommodate the world’s largest cargo planes, and a rapidly growing passenger service that can deliver tourists from all over the world.
• Water, an increasingly rare commodity out west and down south, is literally and virtually all around us. The Great Lakes, the largest fresh water supply on the planet is an abundant source of energy, intercontinental trade, and if we can keep it clean, a source of good food, drinking water, and recreational use for many generations to come.
• Weather and climate change is no longer a subject of serious debate; something’s happening! The torrid temperatures, floods, droughts, wild storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, crop damage, loss of life has become indisputable. We are, for now, though not immune, not subjected to the destructive extremes that so much of the rest of the nation is dealing with, in fact our weather, though not always perfect, is bearable, not as turbulent as many other places.