A Report of the Economic Impact from Unit #4’s 2014 Proposed Bond Projects

While reading the NG today (online), I noticed the economic impact report was listed as a “related item”, but I had never seen it before:

A Report of the Economic Impact from Champaign, Illinois Champaign Unit #4 School District’s 2014 Proposed Bond Projects

 

I assume it was used in a NG story, but not sure (yet) which one. I did not see it referenced in either of today’s articles about the referendum.

Ah, it is in Julie Wurth’s article:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-09-28/trades-unions-excited-possible-boost.html

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11 Responses to “A Report of the Economic Impact from Unit #4’s 2014 Proposed Bond Projects”

  1. charlesdschultz Says:

    The economic impact is mentioned in Julie Wurth’s article – boy, she was busy this past week! 🙂

    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-09-28/trades-unions-excited-possible-boost.html

  2. pattsi Says:

    The trade unions will have jobs whether a new HS or renovated HS so I am confused as to the union involvement. Actually, the unions would have jobs for a longer period of time being involved in a renovation because this is labor intensive as compared to building new because this is new materials intensive. When a project is more labor intensive, more monies stay in the community as compared to the purchase of materials where most of the monies leave the community. So it one analyzes this referendum from an economic development perspective, one wants labor intensity and monies to stay in the community.

  3. pattsi Says:

    As I read the report on economic impact and cost to the community, there is absolutely no mention or calculation of embodied energy when reusing an already standing building as compared to building new. Actually a local resident, Bruce Hannon, did the break through research on this concept and the economic calculations. Here is an article build on Bruce’s research.

    http://blogs.umass.edu/honors391a-clouston/files/2012/08/1.3.-Embodied-Energy-and-Historic-Preservation-A-Needed-Reassesment1.pdf

    Here are visuals related to embodied energy

    https://www.google.com/search?q=embodied+energy&biw=1093&bih=519&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=SDEoVKqNDYyPyASggoL4Dg&sqi=2&ved=0CE4Q7Ak

    All of this folds into decision making related to building reuse.

  4. Rebecca Patterson Says:

    I don’t think the report is valid. From reading it is bases everything on using all local people. Architects, laborers, construction, everything. Considering nothing has been bid that is just guessing. Also, one of the gems in there is that construction workers will spend 50% of their pay in Champaign, so that sales tax will go there. Most of the really big contractors are from out of town. Very few of the workers live in town. The group working to get this passed is using the Pipefitters Local and that’s in Savoy.
    One of the reasons for the support from the trades is to get back into the schools more. They have a lot of older workers.

    • pattsi Says:

      You are very accurate in that each of the represented Unions covers a large region from which workers are sought. We learned this when we worked on the John Street Watershed project because we wanted the city to put in the bidding description, local contractors. But as it was rightfully pointed out it might be a local contractor but the contractor, in turn, works with the unions that have a regional membership. During the JSW project, most workers came from outside Champaign and very little monies were spent locally by the workers when on the job.

  5. charlesdschultz Says:

    I don’t mean to derail my own post, but I had a really good laugh at another almost-related article:
    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-09-28/champaign-school-tax-increase-tough-sell.html

    Quote:
    “”Our opponents are well-funded, and willing to spend whatever it takes to defeat us,” the email said, without specifying who the opponents are.”

    Right. And your opponents are who? They are so well funded that surely they have a political organization by now, right? What have these well-funded opponents done to … well, oppose? Radio adds? Twitter blasts? TV spots? Coffee with the Chamber? Yard signs? Anything? Oh wait, maybe they are talking about Sholem, surely he is the well-funded opponent, right? Or maybe Dannel McCollum? Should I keep guessing?

    I noticed that most of the comments came from you readers, thanks for speaking up. Yes, 45Solte, good laugh in deed.

    • Rebecca Patterson Says:

      They are doing a lot of it themselves. I hope it doesn’t squeak by because people just don’t get out and vote.

  6. kshannon617 Says:

    They’re now sending out the “Get the Facts” propaganda with the high school parent teacher conference announcements. I think the strategy now is to just bombard us constantly and hope that people take it all at face value. I appreciate all the people who are pushing back.

  7. pattsi Says:

    The push back ought to be more visible on all levels, multilayered, and strategy driven.

  8. kshannon617 Says:

    Pattsi–that would require an actual organization, right? Everyone I know who is against the referendum is torn. I agree that Central needs upgrading or even replacing, but I despise the thought of the traffic and sprawl that the chosen site will create. However, I’m unusual–I bike or walk everywhere I can, and the fact that it’s so easy is one of the things I love about Champaign. I worry that putting the school up north will fundamentally change the feel of the city. But do the majority of people here care about that? If not, then my arguments could actually persuade people to vote yes, so I haven’t tried to persuade anyone but friends.

  9. pattsi Says:

    Think of a “no” vote as creating a window of time to decompress from decision fatigue and open up the opportunity to reorder where to renovate next–DH and Southside–again giving more time to rethink how best to approach the HS situation without bankrupting everyone not only with the building costs but the externalities of what placing a school north of I-74 will do with the reasons you stated as to why you love this community. I can guarantee the chosen site will cause sprawl going north, lose farmland, and cause increases in all of the taxing bodies you see on your property tax bill. This decision will change the community forever with no turning back.


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