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Aikins said, It is the Chambers job to face issues and to come up with solutions to them. People are very concerned right now about the cost of health care and the ability to afford health care. The other issue is taxes. It appears that the middle class and the middle-sized businesses are the ones that are the most heavily taxed.
Aikins is also concerned about how to attract new business to the area, but wanted to say that she believes our natural resources and the fact that we live in a safe and beautiful area help with that. Darling believes the local challenges go deeper than than just the economy. Many of our young people go away to school and then they want to move to a sunnier climate, he said. If we do not keep technology in the forefront, if we do not provide a reason for the children to come back here after they get out of school, we will loss more than we ever have before.
He continued, There is this thing called co-petitiveness, not competitiveness but co-petitiveness, where you work with your competitors to achieve an end result. Look at Sackets Harbor. They market each other for the greater good. The Wine Trail is co-petitivness. We need to do things like this to off-set the losses we are facing.
Randazzo piggy-backed on Darlings comments, saying, Along with the Pride of New York campaign which means buy local, we need to take it to the local level. Anything we can do as chambers or business organizations to create ad programs and marketing programs to get people
to buy local and support ourselves and not let that money leave the community could be just enough to keep the marginal businesses in play. Randazzo thinks this business forum could be brought back and used to exchange ideas. You learn something every time you sit down with other business owners, he said. Businesses have to find a way to dovetail with each other to benefit all.