To the Editor:
The local governments should accommodate warehouse development where practical and possible so as to create jobs and opportunities for our citizens. The more jobs the more competition for labor and the higher the prevailing wages.
The road, congestion and infrastructure issues can be dealt with by appropriate tax policies such as fuel taxes, impact fees, property taxes, permitting fees so as not to burden the existing taxpayers.
As industrial development goes this is fairly benign, low impact on the environment, clean and safe as compared to steel mills, blast furnaces, coal mining, slaughter houses, oil refineries, weapons arsenals and airports with noxious jet fumes and crashes.
People complain about poverty, low wages and lack of opportunity in the Joliet area, this is why. This is the new age economy – Amazon, robotics, automation, IT, tech and distribution jobs. Joliet is in a good position and location to out compete others for these jobs with rail, expressways, trucking, a possible airport and canal for the heavy lifting.