The recent decision of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce to close its welcome center on land owned by the town is an excellent opportunity to make a vacant building into a viable community asset.
The timely application of the mantra "when one door closes, another one opens" is a useful point for a meeting of the minds if there is the will to do so.
With public-private cooperation, this site could be turned into a learning center for jobs skills enhancement at a convenient location on the island.
Who should start the ball rolling? Pastors of our churches who know their congregations' needs best, in cooperation with the appropriate professionals at Technical College of the Lowcountry and the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
What's the first step? Through informal interviews and a more detailed needs assessment inventory, pastors should be able to identify what's needed most among those seeking better employment opportunities. The colleges could then match this data, using the same process with our business community, to identify the skills needed right now.
What to remember? The common good is always greater than individual gains in a caring community that not only dances the dance, but also walks the walk. Carpe diem, Hilton Head.
Joseph C. Kudless
Hilton Head Island