Opinion Archives for 2019-02

Vote David Ward for Mayor

I encourage Sturgeon Bay voters to elect David Ward as our next mayor on Tuesday, April 2. 
Mr. Ward brings a wealth of experience and financial expertise to the Common Council table. David has been a member of the City Council since July of 2016, serving as alderman for district 3. He has chaired both the Finance and Personnel Committees. Mr. Ward is also a Sturgeon Bay Utilities Commissioner. 
Furthermore, David Ward is a past board member and chair of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, focusing on three areas to boost the city’s economy: 1-improve our Internet services to better fulfill the demands of residents, businesses, and tourists, 2-maintain focus on the west side industrial park and shipyard to provide good paying jobs, and 3-support Sturgeon Bay’s position as a popular tourist destination. 
David Ward’s additional qualifications for serious consideration as Sturgeon Bay’s next mayor include: 9 years as board member and finance chair of the Door County Memorial Hospital, and chair of the Church Council at the United Methodist Church. 
Mr. Ward and his wife, Judy, have raised four children, having resided in Sturgeon Bay the past 18 years. His education credentials comprise a BBA, MBA, and PhD in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is both a former Finance Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and UW-Oshkosh, as well as Administrator at central headquarters for the UW-System Administration. In addition, Mr. Ward is founder and president of NorthStar Analytic Consulting of Sturgeon Bay and Madison. 
David Ward’s priorities for Sturgeon Bay are simple, and yet comprehensive: better streets, affordable housing, attracting new retail, and maintaining and enhancing our city parks. 
As we move forward as a community, I truly believe that we need the vision and ability Mr. David Ward possesses. I strongly urge you to vote for David Ward for mayor, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. 


Mary Heil-Allen 
Sturgeon Bay, WI 

Civil Discourse: An Occasional Attempt to Restore Civility to Our Civic Discourse--Economic development starts with buying local

The Door County Economic Development Corporation, despite inappropriate side-taking in the past, is fortunate to be led by an accomplished professional executive director, Jim Schuessler.  His efforts to identify the pervasive shortage of affordable housing, recognizing its relationship to job creation, make Schuessler effective and respected.

 

That said, more local jobs can be created and retained if people bought what they could in Door County rather than on-line, out-of-town and from big box stores.  The problem that threatens more business today than any other is attracting employees.  Local business and industry could afford to pay more competitive wages if more local business was done here rather than on-line and out-of-town.

 

More children and grandchildren could find employment opportunities in Door County if more of their parents and grandparents did more of their shopping locally rather than on-line and out-of-town.  And more jobs could be created in Door County, not in light industry, tourism, shipbuilding and agriculture, but in retail businesses, if local residents did more business with friends and neighbors rather than on-line and out-of-town.  You cannot have local job growth when local residents fail to support local businesses.  

 

Statistics speak to the outflow of significant revenue that could be creating local jobs.  When 73 cents out of every dollar spent by Door County residents on clothing are spent outside of Door County that means fewer local jobs in the retail clothing economy.  When 70 cents out of every dollar spent by Door County residents on furniture are spent outside of Door County that means fewer local jobs in the retail furniture economy. 

 

Before you make a purchase at a big box store, on-line or out-of-town consider what that means to local employment opportunity.


Jim Schuessler and the DCEDC are working to bring more business to Door County.  Yet, you can create more jobs than the DCEDC will be able to do in years simply by focusing your purchases on where they can do the most good.  That’s right here by buying local in Door County.

 

Buying local does not only impact employment opportunity for people who need a job.  It also impacts the non-profit, civic and service organizations, churches and schools who depend on the generosity of locally-owned businesses.  Few Door County non-profits are funded by on-line retailers or out-of-town businesses and big box stores.

 

That’s my opinion.  I’d like to hear yours.

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