SELINSGROVE — The head of one of the regional chambers of commerce around here says the closure of Country Cupboard is understandable and in some ways, even commendable. Bob Garrett, President and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce tells us, he understands why the Baylor-Hamm family would close the restaurant.
“Frankly, I think their making the right decision. It’s far better to not be in business and go out with that gold standard than have to bring it down to the bronze standard,” he said.
He said you may see more larger scale closures, in part, because some members of our work force aren’t ready for the future.
“We continue to believe that the biggest issue is that we have a skill gap and the people who are on the sidelines don’t have the skills to do the jobs that currently exist in the Greater Susquehanna Valley.”
He says nationwide, community college enrollment since the pandemic is down 20% – but luckily, that’s not the case in the Valley, “The Greater Susquehanna Valley Center the attendance is up 143%, so we think we are doing the right thing and will continue to do those right things. And we all have to works on this and if there is folks on the sidelines encourage them to get the skills you need to get back into the labor force.”
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