New York 23rd Congressional District Representative, Tom Reed, will be participating in the “Finger Lakes Business Roundtable with Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners” on Friday, December 6. It will be held at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park (136 Fall Street) and is scheduled to run from 10 am until Noon. The roundtable is being sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce from Seneca County, City of Geneva, and Yates County.
“We do expect some of the leading women in our community, business owners and entrepreneurs alike, [to attend],” said Jeff Shipley, the Seneca County Executive Director.
According to the (Dundee)Observer /(Watkins) Review, the participants will be discussing changes that would help with business and job growth. “Certainly, Congressman Reed has been very insistent in reaching out and wanting to know what is on the business community’s mind in the region.” Shipley said.
It makes sense to have business owners and leaders meet and discuss how to improve the business situation. The discussion should include the successes, what hasn’t worked so well, and what gets in the way of the economic growth we would all like to see. At earlier Round Table and Advisory Board Meetings, Reed has pointed fingers at Democratic policies and programs, and has used the Affordable Care Act, federal regulations, federal importing/exporting laws and social safety net programs as the reasons of the troubled current economic climate. In other words, he uses these meetings to tell you what HE thinks.
Remember, Rep. Reed is suppose to hear concerns and ideas from the Forum’s participants. Here is a series issues that might help improve the business climate of our congressional district.
JOBS. Someone might ask: “Why hasn’t the House of Representatives voted on the American Jobs Act 2013?” Yes, it was passed by the Senate and was sent to the House of Representatives and never came to the floor of the House for a discussion.
Do not accept a response stating that they did pass thirty job bills in 2011 that the senate never voted on. (The short response to that answer would be that just because the Speaker of the House called a proposal “a job’s bill” does not mean it would create jobs. For example, “HR 872–Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, would eliminate regulatory overlap, cutting companies costs that might create jobs” or, it might make more profit for the companies.) Also, these bills were passed in the last congress, not this congress.
Besides Jobs, questions could be asked about the lack of a Farm Bill, which is creating havoc for farmers in planning for crops, and the prediction of dairy prices. It also reduces the amount of SNAP funding being spent in our congressional district, which now averages about $14 million a month.
A lack of an Immigration Bill, which the republican controlled house also refuses to discuss, also is contributing to confusion in local businesses, especially for those that deal with the agriculture. Nationwide it is a concern for industries looking for employees with technical talents needed by new industries.
Reed should be able to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is presently being negotiated in Arizona. This trade policy, which is being pushed by many corporations, would affect American companies’ international trading rules. That could trickle down to affect the local businesses. How does Rep. Reed feel about the TPP?
Broadband. Today’s technologies are enhancing business’ opportunities to be competitive. The NY 23rd is rural. Many still deal with ‘dial-up’ access, some have no access at all. A small business in a rural setting could see quite a benefit with Broadband service. A student living in rural Finger Lakes would have a level playing field in learning skills that are needed in excising businesses. Tompkins County received a $2.2 million grant from New York State’s Connect NY “to extend high-speed broadband service to unserved communities in Tompkins and Cayuga Counties.” A question to Rep. Reed about receiving broadband in our district would not be out of place since the FCC has created the National Broadband Plan.
I hope that the Women’s Business Forum is successful in identifying real ways to improve the business outlook in the NY 23rd. It should touch on solutions, not being used as a political campaign advertisement. This meeting is only two hours long. Those who attend could meet for two hours and then disband–or–keep in touch and keep sharing ideas.
The forum is free and open to the public. You need to register by either phoning the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce at 315-536-2902, or email email@example.com by 4 pm on Wednesday, December 4.