Area ready to rise again

It is a Monday that many in the work force are happy to wake up to: a well-deserved day off.

Today is Labor Day, which is marked on the first Monday in September. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, notes the U.S. Department of Labor. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

On a local level, Labor Day is usually met with mixed emotions. For those who teach, it marks the end of a summer vacation. For others, it is another welcome holiday.

Things are looking up in the job market here at home. We anxiously await the ground-breaking of Athenex, which will bring 900 jobs to the area in the next five years. We are excited about the prospect of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, which had an excellent slate of comedians last month. The center alone will stimulate the downtown area in the south county.

We’re also hopeful regarding the Cott transition to Refresco. There’s optimism for growth there as well. Fieldbrook Foods also continues to see growth.

Most importantly, however, there have been changes in education to prepare students for jobs in this region. The P-TECH program, which works with area business, continues to grow in Dunkirk for the region and Jamestown Community College and the State University of New York at Fredonia are also committed to programs that fill employer needs.

Working together is a good thing. Building an economy here, this Labor Day and every day, needs to be job one.