Listening to Mike Peters, a Mercy Hospital legislative specialist out of Springfield, discuss state matters as to health care, he made a poignant point. He said the state was ready to give everything but the kitchen sink to Boeing, a company seeking a site to build a new plant to build airplanes, but doesn’t give enough thought to a home industry that has a huge economic impact — our hospitals and related facilities. He gave Mercy Hospital Washington ambassadors numbers to prove his point.
In the quest for new industries to create additional jobs, there can be a tendency to look away from the home front where established and relatively new companies are making an impact. The industrial development boards in Washington, for instance, have remained focused on what is here and have attempted to keep in touch with local industries. And, assistance has been provided when possible.
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