According to an article in the Business-Journal:
"Ohio ranks 19th in the nation with the percentage of its citizens living in poverty, Murry continued, and four of Ohio’s major cities – Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Youngstown -- are in the top 20 in the United States."which leads to an interesting question about building a local economy based more and more on technology-based processes and building a community which finds less and less of its people in dire straits.
The city and the Valley cannot wait for Columbus or Washington to come to the rescue. The leadership must come from the nonprofit community. “No one religious group or sector can do this alone,” Murry said. “Today I am asking you to become part of a group that will work together in [delivering better] social and health services.”
The bishop called for metanoia in the Valley, metanoia from the Greek for “a transformative change of heart, especially a spiritual conversion.”
He urged citizens to ask candidates for public office “what they will do within 100 days of taking office [to reduce poverty]. We must be advocates for the poor.”
What they often overlook is what James Coleman called “social capital,” the bishop said. “Social capital is a neutral resource that depends on the uses to which it is put.”
Nonprofits have much to teach about building social networks and trust in a community,” Murry said. “We must help people use [nonprofits’] assets better.”
That is, does technology-based economic development hinder or help traditionally disadvantaged groups?
On one hand, in a zero-sum world, it's possible to argue "we have no money for homeless programs in Toledo because we are spending tax dollars on research equipment in Dayton."
On the other hand, it's possible to argue "funding a successful technology incubator in Youngstown has spin-off effects, in that it creates downstream businesses such as coffee shops and office cleaners, and provides additional taxes to the overall system to provide social services."
any thoughts on this question?
please include in your comments ideas on how the public and bloggers can help alleviate poverty in Youngstown.