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Crucial Conversations

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You, a South Carolinian, ended up in New Jersey (long story) as owner of a small high tech aerospace manufacturing company. Now in mid-life (but not in crisis!), you are pining for the beautiful beaches, mountains, and people of South Carolina, not to mention the shrimp and grits which is a staple on your frequent trips home to see family and friends.

However, you have been approached by a neighboring state to move your operation there. Here are two conversations, State A and State B. At the end, you can pick which state you are leaning toward.

State A

“My biggest concern in moving is the workforce. These are high tech aerospace safety of flight parts we are manufacturing. It requires some pretty sophisticated technicians. Tell me about your workforce, especially in the STEM arena.”

“Well, I’m not sure exactly what STEM is although I’ve heard of it. Our schools do a pretty good job, but as manufacturers we don’t get involved too much. We pretty much leave that to the school professionals as we know they have their ears to the ground. Of course most companies bring their key people with them or recruit talent to come live where we have low taxes, beautiful beaches and mountains, and a great place to raise your family.”

“Sounds good, but the other state we are considering has beaches, mountains, low taxes and is a great place to raise a family.”

State B

“My biggest concern in moving is the workforce. These are high tech aerospace safety of flight parts we are manufacturing. It requires some pretty sophisticated technicians. Tell me about your workforce, especially in the STEM arena.”

“STEM is the basis of our educational system. It has gone from an idea to the front burner for all our actions about how we reinvent our schools to satisfy the needs of high tech manufacturers just like you. We have a plan in place for a seamless model starting in 3rd grade up through high school, tech schools and higher education to convince our kids and their parents that manufacturing is clean, high paying and a proud profession that is serving our state well. As manufacturers we are leading the charge to make sure our educational system stays on task, listens to our needs and keeps up with the requirements of high tech manufacturing. As a bonus, if you are interested, we have low taxes, great beaches, mountains and is a wonderful place to raise a family.”

Two Questions

  1. Which state are you moving your business?
  2. What kind of conversation do you want people to have about South Carolina (or your state)?

If we want the conversation to be similar to State B, we need to develop a sense of urgency, get totally committed and involved, and drive the changes we need. Our educational system will not evolve on its own.

 

Charles Farrell
Director, South Carolina Aerospace Task Force

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