“Change is a constant”

To the editor:

After meeting with some Chamber Members on the topic of workforce availability, housing and seeing the masses of orange cones on Broadway, it is clear we have challenges in our community. At the Chamber, we see the cyclical nature of the business climate and know “change is a constant.”

Some change we can just roll with. Other change requires a second look as posed by the What’s Going On article by Greg Orear, publisher of The Journal. In the article, Greg mentions the need to turn around the South end of New Ulm as some businesses have left our community for a variety of reasons. This change is happening in our neighboring communities so in this situation, we are not unique.

At the Chamber, we agree the South end is experiencing change and we hate to see any business leave this great community. Economic diversity, or a variety of business and industry, is the best formula for a solid community foundation providing good paying jobs that people want to work at, the services and goods those employees and businesses want and enough resources to provide quality schools, culture and green spaces to make an attractive community.

As we watch the change happen on the South end, let’s also remember that a good diversity still exists. While our first look could be negative, the second look reminds us that our greatest tourist attraction, Schell’s Brewery, is on the South end as are all the hotels. Locals value the South end for the eating establishments, retail and car dealers located there as well as some of our greatest employers. Large investments have been made in the South end by manufacturers making space for more opportunity.

We have a great community and when one area suffers, we all do. It’s time to rally this community for bright days ahead, shop local and put the welcome mat out for businesses and families ensuring prosperity for as far as Hermann can see.

Audra Shaneman

President & CEO

New Ulm Area

Chamber of Commerce

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