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All hands on deck
Aug 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck
Job Corps is happening because local government kept the feds on track
It's an established fact that local government is the most responsive form. For proof, look no further than the Wind River Job Corps Center now under construction.
A civic demonstration in intergovernmental cooperation is taking shape right before our eyes -- with the strength of local government front and center.
Job Corps finally is on track, but there were many chances for this to go south as it trickled its way through the confounding and often maddening processes of government review, debate, permission and funding.
Sen. Mike Enzi talked a little about all that during last week's groundbreaking ceremonies. He got the full view of the federal obstacles, and he thanked the government leaders closer to home for not giving up on the idea. City government, county government, tribal government, school district government, community college leadership and state government all played a role in keeping the flame flickering. If left to its own devices, the federal government almost certainly would have let that flame die out -- perhaps even snuffed it outright.
In these days when agreement on when to start a meeting, or on a seating chart for dinner is touted as "bipartisan cooperation" at the high end of government, we're glad Fremont County could demonstrate how something significant really can get done when people in different places, with different constituencies, and with different specific interests can persevere, work together, and see it through.
In the future, once it gets up and running, lots of people will want to take credit for the success of the Wind River Job Corps Center and, judging by the scene last week at the groundbreaking, they will be justified in doing so.
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