Is our increasingly privatized approach to systems such as healthcare and food distribution effective?
Are our major energy, food and materials distribution systems resilient in the face of a major pandemic or other natural disaster?
Do we have the social and cultural strength to cope with a multi-staged, complicated natural phenomenon like the one we face?
What role does our financial system play in helping or hurting our capability to properly care for the global population?
Since the pandemic began the WBI has shifted much of its human and financial capital to better focus on the task at hand. This was not entirely a challenge for us; much of our core programming like the Leadership Candidate Program, our classes and our other amenities are designed to address economic development issues that have only been exacerbated by the current crisis.
- Immediately establishing the capacity for manufacturing masks, shields, gowns and other medical supplies.
- Implementing an enterprise dedicated to mitigating the challenges soon to come in food distribution and improving regional production as part of that project.
- Investigating with state and federal assistance what future economic or other strategic issues we will likely face as a result of this multi-year health crisis. We will take action on the results of this investigation.
- Developing several new locations within our territory for the express purpose of offering increased programming coupled with commercial and residential opportunities for our regional residents.
- Implement projects that retain or increase top talent, improve energy and employment resiliency and generally create a renewed economy in the midst of a global economic downturn likely to last for some time.
The most personal resiliency measure we can take comes from the knowledge that the work we do is in service to our neighbors. It is the strength that comes from knowing your mission is founded in service to something greater than ones self. Paying honor to friends, family and the traditions of our community.
Love Learning, –Scott M. Graves
Scott M. Graves is Executive Director of the Wachusett Business Incubator and founder of The New England Playhouse and Arts Innovation Center, an independent music education company in Massachusetts. Find out how you can benefit from the WBI’s Leadership Candidates Program.