Economy

This week, we’re participating in a national week of conversation alongside NPR and fellow member stations called A Nation Engaged. It’s a coordinated conversation around a topic, and the goal is to get a wide variety of voices answering the same question.

A Nation EngagedNPR | wfpl.org

We went to the Dixie Area Business Expo, where independent businesses in South Louisville were showcased. The question: “What can we do to create economic opportunities for more Americans?”

Here are some of the answers.

Yetta Blair, founder and CEO of INK Publishing & Design, with Tim MillerRoxanne Scott | wfpl.org

Yetta Blair, founder and CEO of INK Publishing & Design, with Tim Miller

Yetta Blair: “It’s about learning skill sets that can provide the type of salaries for a good living.”

Scott Morgan, costume designer for The 7th Street HauntRoxanne Scott | wfpl.org

Scott Morgan, costume designer for The 7th Street Haunt

Scott Morgan: “To lessen some of the restrictions on trying to get like small business loans and stuff like that.”

Jillian Magruder, recruiter for Adecco Staffing

 

Jillian Magruder: “Yeah, we’re filling almost 4,000 jobs for our warehouse. I’ll just say it makes me really happy to be able to give these people jobs, to like, get them off on the right foot and help them provide for their families.”

Hillary Persley: “So, I think education is the best way to help the economy and help folks get ready for the jobs that they want.”

Chuck Hall, owner of Altitude Trampoline ParkRoxanne Scott | wfpl.org

Chuck Hall, owner of Altitude Trampoline Park

Chuck Hall: “Give kids a chance. Provide them an opportunity to have a job where they learn from you and open doors for other networking. Having a good experience of something. They take that with them wherever they go with school and other opportunities and build off that. And that creates jobs and other opportunities for business to grow.”