The Associated Press reports federal officials are evaluating a prison in rural Standish, Michigan, as a possible site to hold Gitmo prisoners.
It’s not surprising to me that officials would head to an economically depressed state to try to do this.
Youngstown famously became associated with prisons, some of which were privately run, moving into town in the wake of the loss of steel jobs.
Opinion amongst locals on the prison is mixed, the AP reports.
Some think it would make the area a terrorist target. And surprisingly, union workers at the prison don’t support the idea, as they fear they would be replaced by federal guards brought in from outside the area.
There’s the jobs argument: “Some locals favor bringing the detainees to Standish if necessary to keep the prison from closing. The prison is the region’s largest employer, with about 340 workers, and its closing would really harm the local economy, Republican state Rep. Tim Moore said. The region’s unemployment rate is more than 17%.”
Today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an article describing a bad outlook for manufacturing.
“The decline in the numbers of manufacturing jobs lost in April may be a sign of even worse news: The country is running out of manufacturing jobs to lose,” the article states. Continue reading
“VisitPittsburgh is now marketing the city as a glamorless destination for the post-luxury age,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
“‘Nobody is going to raise their eyebrows when you book your conference in Pittsburgh,’ said Craig Davis, vice president of sales and marketing for the region’s official tourism agency.
‘Why risk the possible issue of booking in what would be considered a resorty type of destination when you can get all you need in Pittsburgh?’
The thinking goes that if financial institution Wells Fargo had planned its employee rewards trip to Pittsburgh instead of Las Vegas after the federal bailout, no one would have balked,” the paper reports.
“VisitPittsburgh is hoping for a repeat of 2008, which was a record year for conventions at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The center hosted 49 conventions, up from 38 in 2007.”
Well, I personally would rather visit Pittsburgh over Vegas any day.