Like most of you, I’ve been on the lookout for encouraging signs in the economy, and in the last couple of weeks I’ve found that tight little band around my chest loosening a bit. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke now has predicted the recession would end this year, Wall Street has signaled more confidence in the markets, the federal stress test for banks found better results than anticipated, and locally, real estate is showing some signs of life with bidding wars (remember those?) and shrinking inventories.
Al Carlson, the CEO of Sun Hydraulics, the global manufacturer of hydraulic manifolds based in
We certainly aren’t out of the woods yet, but these small signs seem to signal that the worst may be over some time this year and that 2010 will be a year of recovery.
That’s good news for the three job seekers we profiled in this issue (page 30). They were brave enough to share their stories and frustrations, and we asked a career counselor to give each one advice on how to find that perfect job in this market. We can all learn from the tips they received.
We also offer advice from
Also encouraging is the success three local production companies have been experiencing in our region. All three have figured out how to produce commercials from their studios here in
And finally, although the elected mayor issue failed last March, we gave some of our local leaders the chance to say what they would do if they held the gavel in the city of
Here’s to a better second half in 2009.