Albany Technical College Blog
The baby boomer generation was born between 1946 and 1964. We are between 54 and 76 years old. Although there are approximately 76 million of us, we are no longer the largest segment of the population. By 2030, all boomers will be at least 65 years old. There is no way to reverse this trend.
The subsequent economic recovery will be sluggish and short lived without growth in industrial, residential, and commercial construction. Infrastructure expansion, including telecommunications, requires new construction. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and Albany Technical College are prepared to support infrastructure growth.
More than ever, it’s a time for us to permanently dispel the false narrative that in order for poor people to become affluent, affluent people must become poor. The American economy is stronger than that. In the words of the late Elijah Cummings, “we are better than that.” This false narrative implies wealth can only be transferred. The truth is, the acquisition and the use of economic utility creates new wealth.
After much thought, I decided not to write a blog this year for Black History month. However, I happened to come across some digital photographs that I took on a road trip from Albany, Georgia to Dallas, Texas in 2007. These photos sparked a remembrance so important, I was inspired to share. As my wife and I were leaving Montgomery, we talked about traveling the same route (in the opposite direction) that the Voter Rights Marchers traveled in 1965.
I’m not a sociologist; however, the work done by the Technical College System of Georgia and Albany Technical College has the potential to make positive changes to the culture in Southwest Georgia. I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist; nevertheless, I’ve seen evidence that improving the earning potential of individuals will improve their emotional outlook. I’m not an anthropologist; but I’ve seen entire communities prosper when the number of well-paying jobs increased. Unfortunately, I’ve also observed the decline of Individual municipalities and entire regions because well-paying jobs and skilled workers leave. I’m not a criminologist; but I’ve observed a correlation between crime and income.