“WE’RE RICH, BITCH!” says Chuck Steiner, close to Troy, NY

March 2, 2012 by Jessica

My friend is looking for work. As someone who once made a modest living writing letters and resumes, she thought it wise to send to me for review. I sent it back within seconds. No revisions needed. Perfection on paper.

I told her things would surely look up. After all, she is living in fortunate times. Not only does she have a killer cover letter and knows her way around a glue stick, she’s in the right place, and at the right time. And for her….well, that’s an anomaly- to say the least. An article posted today on FORBES highlights some of the best US cities for job hunting. The tri-city area ranked THIRD in the country. Now. Look. I know they use some strange formula to devise these rankings; so let’s just cut to the chase. Naysayers, here is what they say:

“To construct our list, we ranked the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas by a variety of statistics including unemployment rate, household income and projected job growth. We screened out cities that were merely rebounding from the recession, like Las Vegas, which Moody’s expects will generate an impressive-sounding 124,000 jobs through 2016. That’s almost precisely what the city lost in the last five years, and with a 12.7% unemployment rate, competitition will be fierce. We also gave extra weight to cities with high and rising median household incomes. That pushed down otherwise booming communities like El Paso, Texas, where the median household income is $36,000.”

First on the list is D.C. (duh…..there is ALWAYS work to be done there, right? riiiight???!) Next up, Des Moines……Iowa.

I’m not usually ever a fan of a place that isn’t first, but third place in the country, well that’s better than 2nd place at a rodeo. I think…..We’ll TAKE IT.

He should win.

Here’s where we come in ” Albany, like a lot of the cities on this and other lists, is a state capital. But Schenectady has a lot going on as well. GE has its main research and development campus outside of town, is adding 500 employees at its alternative-energy division, and is building a 350-employee battery factory as well. And AMD spinout GlobalFoundries is building a $7 billion, 2 million-square-foot chip-fabrication plant in Malta that the company says is one of the largest new manufacturing projects in the world. It will employ 1,600 after production starts next year.”

They were about to mention Troy. I just know it.

“We’re a comeback city,” said Chuck Steiner, president of the Schenectady Chamber. And a rich one, too: With a median household income of $59,000, Schenectady ranks above the national average of $51,914.

Everyone LOVES a comeback. And that’s right. WE’RE RICH. And we are rich. If not in dollars, in other things at least. But…if Chuck and FORBES say we are RICH, I say we take it. It’s not often that we get a little glory press in the cap region.

Here’s lookin’ at you, you rich bitches. And if anyone knows anyone who would like to hire Nicole, please email me.

POST BY Jessica
There was a void in her life. A spicy, meaty void . And the desire to fill that void led her across the river from Albany, to Troy, NY. It was there that she finally found it. Jamaican Beef Patty perfection. And lots of it. Late at night, I Love NY Jamaican Beef patties fueled her shenanigans. During the day, the premade frozen beef patties at the 3rd St bodegas kept her energy up for back to back yoga sessions. Like the Bee Girl from the Blind Melon video, she finally found a place with people like her. Except she’s a ginger. And not chubby. Slowly, it dawned on her. Troy, NY was meant for her and she made the purchase that would ensure she could remain, pockets filled with spiced meat encased in preservative laden dough: white curtains to put in her windows so as not to run afoul of the Troy Historic District’s guidelines. She could breathe easy. This was home. *****************************************************************************************************