I’ve heard many times that if I would just bring more manufacturing jobs back to Middletown, this blue collar town would rebound just fine. We are always on the lookout for new opportunities but the problem right this minute isn’t adding jobs, it’s getting existing jobs filled.
The Journal ran a nice article detailing the problem local manufacturers are facing filling existing open positions.
The Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, which represents 14 local counties, reports that local manufacturers are trying to fill between 3,400 – 4,000 manufacturing jobs each year in the area. Our Middletown manufacturers are all hiring at this time. In addition, the last time I talked to Atrium Medical Center, they had an additional 300 open, unfilled positions at the hospital.
Bringing additional jobs here means we all (government, business and the community) are going to have to be very creative in how we bring new people to Middletown to work. It’s a Middletown, a southwest Ohio and a Statewide shortage of incoming new talent.
The City is looking at adding new bus routes from neighboring communities to start opening up additional transportation options to bring workers to the City. Our existing housing policies and housing stock will also play a part in our success or our failure. People generally want to live close to where they work, and it is critical that we have attractive housing available in all price ranges to make this an attractive community to live, work and play in.
Schools, jobs, and the city are all intertwined. None can be fully successful without all three functioning well.