CNN reported that Amazon was looking for a second headquarters. Nobody can afford to live in Seattle anymore so they need to look someplace else in North America. Amazon wants to hire 50,000 workers and pay them over $100,000 a year. NPR reported that the cities had to have at least a million people like Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington, D.C. I am not sure this is going to work. A few years ago Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. It did not seem to a help people in either place. Employees kept flying back and forth in Boeing planes. Maybe Amazon employees will be carried back and forth by those little drones. IBM use to buy employee’s housing when they relocated. It worked well.
The solution might be to create more affordable housing in Seattle. It might be cheaper than moving. Wherever they move it will create the same kind of destructive real estate speculation that happened in Seattle.
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Next week the Society for Technical Communication will hold its big annual event in Dallas, Texas. I will try to cover it but it usually means popping in and out. If you see, me say hello.
STC is not the same organization it was fifty years ago. It shouldn’t be. It should always be changing to meet the needs of its members. Being a leader in STC after this latest crisis cannot compare to what came before. How do you compare steering an organization through an economic collapse and bailing out the parent organization? There is no comparison. It was like St. Crispins Day and you had to be there.
What survives? What needs to be done?
To me volunteering at STC meant helping people find work. Over the decades I have been a part of an organization that has helped thousands of people pay their bills. When I helped someone get a job, I felt I had done my job. A paycheck meant more than an any certificate, plaque or award.Â Anything else is subservient to that goal.
We should honor those who have helped others and then get back to our mission.
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