NYTimes article on Rivian’s impact on their hometown

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/13/...ic-vehicles.html?referringSource=articleShare


Can a Green-Economy Boom Town Be Built to Last?
The race to make electric vehicles is turning some places into winners. Normal, Ill., is one of them. But it has seen good times go sour in the past.
Was just reading this. It seems from the story like the last year has meant growing pains for the town, if not (or perhaps as much as) for the company:
The ramp-up has made labor, already in short supply during the pandemic, even more scarce. A branch of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which has helped contractors like Mr. Mosier staff up, says it has fully booked the roughly 280 licensed union electricians in the area.

To meet the demand, the union brought in a few hundred electricians from elsewhere in the country this year.

A nearby community college started a program this fall to train electric vehicle technicians, and Illinois State University, which abuts Uptown, is building an engineering school partly in response to Rivian.
 
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