Tuesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 36. Sunrise is 7:20 AM and sunset 4:50 PM for 9h 30m 28s of daytime. The moon is waning gibbous with 99.7% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1977, scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.
In 2020, eleven years after the end of the Great Recession (2007-2009), two of Whitewater’s development men offered public comments on a possible restructuring of the Whitewater Community Development Authority. Their full remarks appear in the video above, with two pertinent excerpts below.
Video beginning @ 1:22:
You know, and so this is the time as we come in, you know, we’re at the last stages of this bull cycle that we’re in, whether it be the economy, the stock market, real estate, don’t know when it’s going to end. And I’m not saying it’s going to end soon, but it will will and they always do and it’s more important than ever right now to be ready to carry that on with economic development.
Video beginning at @ 3:13:
We’ve just had one of the most booming economies that this country’s seen in close to 60 years. And we’re not at the table. We’re not playing. We’re not out there.
Well, yes. There was a national boom, uplifting many cities, but it passed by Whitewater. What did Whitewater get after the Great Recession, years into a national boom? Whitewater received a designation as a low-income community. (The gentlmen speaking, these ‘Greater Whitewater’ development men, were by their own accounts at the center of local CDA policy during most of the years that the state and national boom ignored Whitewater.)
That boom, the one that Whitewater never saw, did end, in pandemic and a pandemic recession. That’s the economic history of contemporary Whitewater: she didn’t have the recovery from the Great Recession that other places had, and so entered the most recent recession relatively weaker than many American communities.
Public officials of the city, school district, and university so often carry on in ignorance and denial of the community’s true economic condition.