Posted Wednesday, June 23, 2010
With the economy plummeting over the last few years, economists, business owners, and the government continue to look for new ways to secure steady growth. President Barack Obama believes that by doubling exports through his National Export Initiative plan, the economy will make a more rapid recovery. Although the idea sounds good in theory, it raises the question - is exporting really the answer for business in Ohio? This morning at 9:00, join host Dan Moulthrop for a discussion about exporting and the reason why it may be Ohio's transition into the new economy.
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It’s easier and quicker to service customers across the lake (in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada) than it is to go further afield. Given long term relationships with vendors and customers there, it makes great sense for Ohio to apply more concerted energy in pursuit of business and other relationships in Canada. (Easier and cheaper to retain and grow business with existing customer than it is to seek all - new.) Ohio falls short in its non-business outreach activity in my opinion. There is opportunity to expand and deepen relationships in Canada through cultural and other activity that needs additional thought and other resources.
To: Executive editor SOI
Subject: show about the potential integration of nonprofits for economic change
Regarding my recent suggestion to Dan Malthroup this morning about the possibility of doing a show about nonprofit/ public/ private/ union partnerships to address the problem of unemployment. I’d like to highlight a few facts about the nonprofit sector in the US.
The nonprofit sector in the US is 1.5 million organizations. They are nominally apolitical, motivated, they know what they are doing, they are local grassroots organizations in most cases; they are protected by law and regulated by the IRS. In 2006, they accounted for a little over 8% of wages and salaries in the U.S. There are 2500 nonprofits in NE Ohio alone.
They are mostly organized to deliver social justice and address issues of hunger, clothing, housing, health care and the law. They already align with private enterprises for mutual promotion. Sometimes they serve to dispense care that is financed by government. This does not include those nonprofits organized to promote electoral issues or candidates.
Nonprofits have to be nurtured by lobbying for them, advocating for them, volunteering for them and funding them. As they grow into these roles, necessity will impose structure on them. The urge to centralize and organize them for political or private advantage is huge. They have the potential to insulate government against political onslaughts.
Unlike political parties, they take on all comers, they unite people towards concrete goals, they often ‘round off’ the the harsh rules of public programs that do not address local needs. Unlike politics, of late, they support democracy and unity.
They range in size and scope from Father Dan at St Colman’s in inner city Cleveland to the United Way of NE Ohio.