Thursday, October 9, 2014
Taking the long view of Longview
In a strategic position between Atlanta and Charlotte, Greenville-Spartanburg was recently named the 7th best metro area for economic development.
This is the third year the university has helped sponsor such a trip, working with the Longview Chamber of Commerce. We have also visited Chattanooga, Tenn., and Fort Collins, Colo. My hope is that these intercity visits spark new ideas and cultivate a sense of vision among city leaders that results in a brighter future for
In short, the trips give us opportunity to take the long view of Longview.
Here's one difference you quickly note between Longview and Greenville: educational attainment. Thirty-seven percent of adults in Greenville have a bachelor's degree or more. Only 20 percent of Longview citizens have attained such an education.
Given the difference in educational attainment, I wasn't surprised to see the difference in household income.
Greenville households have significantly higher incomes than in Longview.
Earning a college degree does matter. I was the first in my family to go to a university and earn a degree. It has changed everything for me.
How can we serve our community? We can help make a way for our Longview neighbors who seek a college education. It means being more accommodating for working students and those transferring from junior colleges. In doing so, we can make a real difference.