Despite dismal unemployment figures, little attention has been paid to the particularly adverse effects the recession is having on the people of upstate New York. Average household income hasn't changed for the last 20 years in Fulton County, for example, and the time has come for something to be done.
The employment generated in a deepening project is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of offering substantial employment solutions to the area.
Initially, the GSLDP will need 150-200 workers to do the job over 20 years (see Operations section of the Science PDF) However, the numbers of people to benefit from the project increases exponentially if you consider that many spin-off industries will be created from the Deepening Project. (see Spin-Off Economies section)
The GSLDP will only hire people from the surrounding areas of the Great Sacandaga Lake, except for a small group of people with particular technical skills unavailable in the area. Nearby counties such as Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Hamilton will all benefit from the deepening project.
If we seek to create a new vibrant and robust upstate economy, it has to be based on indigenous entrepreneurs.
Initially 200 jobs would be created if we recover only enough sandharvested minerals to pay for the deepening. However, each mineral — even the lowliest — can be classified and beneficiated to create hundreds of additional jobs.
One industry created might use almandine, which is an extremely abundant mineral in the GSL, to produce sandpaper. Another industry might utilize magnetite to produce local steel. Ilmenite could be used to make pigments for house paint. The possibilities boggle the mind.