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How To Make The Economy Go Again

February 5th, 2009

I have become increasingly nervous over the past several weeks as the number of projects in Florida and around the world that have begun to slow and in some case stop. Many very good, potentially profitable projects have been put on hold until the economy improves. The funny thing is, they ARE the economy. 

If these projects moved forward, and money was spent, it would then begin circulating. As more money circulates. business begins to improve and more money gets circulated. It seems like a fairly simple concept, and maybe I just don’t get the big picture – but where are the cheerleaders and even just plain leaders? Oh they are in Washington getting ready to spend your trillions on a stimulus package that most agree won’t work anyway!

Since much of this turmoil was media generated in the first place, where are they in all this mess? Their revenues have tanked along with everyone else’s – They always seem willing to bring you the bad news where are they when we need good news to get the economy off its feet again?

It’s gonna take the folks, small and large businesses alike to push through the cloud of uncertainty and start spending money on previously green-lighted projects. If we all start ramping up our spending/buying, the rust on the wheels of the economy will begin flaking off and it will reengage once again.

There are trillions of dollars sitting in bank accounts of corporations unwilling to spend it. They want the government to do all the spending and risk taking – meaning they want someone else to take the lead, mainly, the American people. They have the luxury because the government is giving away money – how stupid is that? If they want their business to improve – and the economy as a whole, start spending again. It’s really that simple.

Superbowl In Tampa Today

February 1st, 2009

The Superbowl arrives in Tampa today, and luckily for all of us Tampa Bay natives, the weather is absolutely perfect. Sunny with a high about 65 degrees. It’s been a great week for our town, celebrities all over the place, the bars and restaurants packed with people – all in celebration of a football game that happens every year. Amazing!

I am a board member of an organization called Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (http://wwww.rttb.org). It is part of a national effort to assist low income people with renovation projects for their homes, things that they would never have been able to pay for themselves – like a roof, kitchen appliances, repairs to HVAC and hundred other things.

This past weekend our local chapter along with the national organization and almost 1000 volunteers came together to renovate 22 homes in Old West Tampa, a nearly forgotten part of town because the residents are low income.

One of the homes was in such bad repair, that the volunteers and sponsor companies that were assigned that home decided it was better to tear it down and build the family a new home in its place. With the assistance of the City of Tampa fast tracking permits, they went from old house to tear down to rebuilt and move-in in less that 40 days – only about 20 days of actual construction! The home is just beautiful and the family was all in tears on Friday when they were handed the keys to their new home.

It seems kind of ironic that here we are in the city where thousands of people are spending millions of dollars to watch a football game that will last a few hours – while 1000 volunteers give up their days and weekends and contribute money that they probably don’t have to help 22 families with home renovations that will last a lifetime, and hardly anyone will ever know about it. We got 20″ in the local paper with no pictures, the Superbowl got about 10,000 or more inches and several special sections about the game.

No wonder our priorities are so screwed up. Too bad there’s no big corporate payback in helping people. I guess that’s what it takes these days to get attention. Sad.