Friday, July 20, 2007

Cigar Man and SAIAT

Tucson, Arizona. While the fat lady has yet to sing, and it is too early to return to the graveyard and post a tombstone, she has taken the stage and stepped up to the mike. Your humble blogger has learned "the number" for SAIAT. Those having read Something Else know that TREO brutally slashed the workforce training institute's funding from $242,500 to $110,000 last year, inflicting massive financial losses.

I had hoped, seeing the losses, that the terrible TREO (Snell, Smith, and Mouch) would restore funding to the prior year's level. I now know the number for this year.


SAIAT gets nothing to support workforce development in our community. The one REAL place that provided REAL workforce development for REAL employees. I had hoped TREO's hatred was directed at its prior director, that the new director would be given a chance. Certain elected officials have written letters of support. The company is trying to find other ways to survive. A guardian angel may descend, which is about what it will take.

In June 1991 Tucson had a town hall. In May 2007 Tucson had a town hall. Both declared education and workforce development as critical top priorities for economic development. Turn to page 13 of TREO's fancy blueprint: Create an employer-driven, demand-side workforce development initiative that identifies skill gaps and specific employer needs, then aligns necessary educational and training resources to fill those gaps.


Anyone interested in the reality of such words and such work should visit Chapter 15. They talk about it. I know a place that did it and provide solid examples.

In November 2004, Cigar Man told me the place had no chance. He spoke with conviction, "Craft an exit. Your grave has been dug."

I didn't believe him. All of that hard work and extraordinary effort. If the place survives, the new director is a genius. If it folds this year, do not blame her. I extend the words Cigar Man extended to me, "Take comfort in the fact that you never stood a chance."

I wonder if Snell will write a letter to Chuck Huckelberry declaring the SAIAT board approved the elimination of all funding.


Blogger Zelph said...

Has it ever occured to you that there might be some businesses who have an interest in keeping out high wage occupations? They like things just the way they are, thank you.

7/20/2007 5:25 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


I feel like someone just told the sunglasses he'd been searching for were on top of his head.

I do not know if you are right, but you tie perfectly to Cigar Man, whose conviction and certainty flies in the face of the politicians and the economic development agencies of the past 17 years.

Wow. To have your throat cut because you were effective and making a difference.

Thanks, Zelph. Correct or not, your remark adds a rich distinction to the discourse.

7/20/2007 8:27 PM  
Blogger Zelph said...

If my speculation is correct, then we must ask ourselves why some would find it in their interest to discourage high wage, high tech jobs.
Is it a threat to their political power base? Or is it something else?

BTW, I googled Col. DF's name and found some interesting letters to the editor. He truly lives up to the name you have given him.

What a DF!

7/20/2007 10:32 PM  
Blogger Jeff Strain said...

Has it ever occured to you that there might be some businesses who have an interest in keeping out high wage occupations?

Makes sense. It's a lot more difficult to justify offshoring if you have a trained workforce at home.

7/21/2007 1:23 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

An interesting angle indeed.

Thanks for the links Zelph. You see a lot, and good judgment on keeping the real name out of here. Use DF.

I don't want the real name at my place, and the same goes for Floof.

Your speculation on DF is accurate. For entertainment, I invite you to consider what it was like to watch DF's face when an intelligent woman presented a solid argument.

7/21/2007 10:05 AM  
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7/21/2007 1:07 PM  

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