Friday, May 13, 2011

Import Replacement & At-Risk Youth in Seattle

Thinking about local economic resilience, the rising price of shipping, and the phenonenon of import replacement. What if I could induce a local entrepreneur to begin developing import-replacing industries for certain products, creating local manufacturing jobs, and accepting graduates of youth employment/certification programs? Focus on imports that are manageable to make (minimal initial capital investment in infrastructure, etc.), and already close to the line for being worth shipping. Which imports will be the first to go when shipping costs rise? Focus on these. Low-tech.

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