ANDERSON, Ind. — Local residents have high hopes for the county in 2014, and many say jobs are at the top of their wish list.
Garrett Short, 25, of Anderson wants the county to get a face lift to attract more opportunities to the area.
“The eyesores in town could be taken down and the arts could always use a hand,” he said. “I would also like to see them do something with the schools that are empty.”
Zach Carroll, 29, of Anderson said any momentum to push plans of a reservoir forward is at the top of his list for 2014.
“I live on 10th Street and I hope if they put that reservoir in it will help create jobs.”
Carroll, who works in Noblesville, said he would like to see new technology and manufacturing jobs created so he does not have to commute from the area.
“They just don’t have that much around here,” he said.
Mary and Nathan Deaver, both 32, of Anderson were shopping on New Year’s Day at Mounds Mall with their daughters Elizabeth, 6, and Emma, 7.
“We just moved here a month ago from Muncie,” Mary Deaver said. “We really like it because people here move more at our pace, where in Muncie, everyone was in a hurry.”
The couple said they would like to see more variety when it comes to shopping.
Variety that would also create more jobs.
“More grocery stores would be nice,” Mary Deaver said. “It just seems like they are all on one end or the other – there is nothing in between.”
Nathan Deaver said he would like to see larger sporting stores added to the area, especially since there are so many canoeing and hiking opportunities.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me that they don’t have one,” he said.
Without question, Phil Sveum, 58, of Anderson said employment opportunities are at the top of his wish list for the county.
“I run a food pantry and, with the unemployment and food stamp cuts, we need jobs,” he said. “Something to keep the youth in town.”
Sveum said more than 400 families seek assistance at Helping Hands each month and new jobs would help create hope in the community.
“It will also keep people from traveling out of the county for jobs,” he said.
Randy O’Brien, 48, of Pendleton said he wants the county to have job opportunities that are balanced.
“I have a business degree and I can’t get anything,” he said. “They say I’m overqualified. How can anyone be overqualified for a job?”
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