North Carolina is moving its DMV offices from Raleigh to somewhat nearby Rocky Mount - a much smaller, and economically challenged community. Part of the rationale driving the move is to offer Rocky Mount some economic development assistance. The obvious, and very real, downside is the impact the move will have on the 400 workers currently employed in the Raleigh facility - longer commutes for some being the primary challenge.
I find this idea worth thinking about - where they put their jobs is one of the 'assets' governments have to assist in economic development. But I also think the challenges discussed in this article for existing employees are entirely valid and we need to figure out ways to deal with them. On balance, I still think this use of an under-utilitized 'asset' is worth further discussion and developing some creative approaches. I'd love to hear what you think.
But now, “after a long dry spell, we see that light at the end of the tunnel,” said David Farris, the president and CEO of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce. “And it is a train coming, but it’s the right kind of train. Bringing good things.”