It is the summer of 2013, and by now we’ve all heard for the past 5 or 6 years about the advantages or possibly the disadvantages of the growing “World” economy. You may live in the Midwest or Great Plains and have a GREAT work ethic and an unbelievable sense of resourcefulness. Yet by most people on either coast’s opinion, you live in the middle of nowhere. I’m sure you’re wondering ... what’s so great about a world economy? What can I do from here?
Well, wonder no longer, THAT opportunity is right underneath your nose in your home town. You’ve probably passed one going home this morning, or there is one parked on your street down the block. It might be a Kenworth, Peterbilt, Volvo, Freightliner, or Mack. And their owner (possibly your neighbor) more than likely has it fueled, serviced, and shined— ready for action. What’s his or her secret?
In today’s world economy, what happens in Broken Bow, Nebraska, can have an impact on what goes on in Beijing. It’s pretty predictable that when we take a person off a farm in China or Vietnam and they start earning a wage, the first thing they want to do is improve their diet. When we buy exports from China, that new purchasing power allows them to import more of our country’s beef, pork, poultry, and grains.
As the price of grain and land continues to go up, our production and trade demand for these goods have remained very high despite the recent slowdown in the economy. Before you know it we have a lot of demand for each other’s products - but we are still on opposite sides of the globe. What’s next? A high demand for transportation to get things to and from Beijing to Broken Bow!
I’ll bet it’s starting to make sense. Ignore the claims that we’re in the middle of nowhere. Put our usual positive “spin” on it. Then we realize with great pride a natural advantage. We are actually in the middle of everywhere!
Now you realize why you see all those trucks on Interstate 80. It’s the nation’s most heavily traveled east/west commercial highway pipeline for trade. If you want to become part of this ever growing trucking industry that can’t be offshored or outsourced, but in most communities across our region will always be touching either the first or last miles in the goods we either produce or consume in their worldwide journey called world trade in a world economy.
How do you get involved? First, if you don’t know how already, learn to drive! Take a CDL course at your local community college or private school to get a little experience under your belt. If you’re like a lot of folks in Nebraska’s trucking industry, you’ll eventually want to own one yourself.
That’s when you can turn to REAP for help. They offer excellent business training, technical assistance, and loan opportunities. Contact the Nebraska Trucking Association for guidance on how to get and stay in compliance with all the Federal and State Dept. of Transportation Safety and taxation rules. We’ll be happy to get you started!
Questions? Get in touch with our guest author:
Larry A. Johnson, President of the Nebraska Trucking Association, at 402.476.8504 or email@example.com . Read more about How Can I Survive and Thrive in the Growing World Economy?