If there is one thing I dislike; it’s people who criticize and have no plan or solution for which they criticize. Just like those folks in ‘Occupy Wherever’ many people complain; but I have heard no solutions.
Well…I have a solution that I would like to give a try; and I cannot attempt it without your help.
As I stated on my radio program ‘Bids, Grants And Business; no one is coming to Detroit’s rescue with 20,000 jobs to help solve our unemployment problem. WE, the citizens of Detroit, must rely upon the abundant opportunities that exist here in our City to generate income.
Like many urban areas; Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulance response time is very, very slow. In Detroit, many of us would be happy to hear that the response speed of EMS has risen to the level of very, very slow.
Soooo; what say those of us who are opposed to ‘Occupy Detroit’ form a non-profit entitled ‘Employ Detroit’. Our simple Mission Statement is one project at a time; we put people to work, generate revenues and help make America better.
For our first project we should try something that is simple and has an immediate impact on the health and well-being of Detroit residence. A simple plan that can be emulated in cities all across this Great State; provide a few jobs and keep people healthy.
Treat Detroit Well. That is the theme of this project; and we shall begin with purchasing a vacant house that is on one of the many foreclosure housing lists. Once the home has been purchased; we hire local contractors; or employ Young Detroit Builders and ask them to add us to their list of Health Homes Projects. As we go along; we can begin our own Work First or similar training program.
Next we turn the property in a Treat Detroit Well (TDW) for those with respiratory or pulmonary emergencies.
On average; according to published reports; the average wait time for EMS (about half a dozen years ago) was eight (8) minutes. According to Detroit EMS drivers; Detroit’s time is twelve (12) minutes. In many cases; the wait time has been known to be as long as twenty (20) minute or MORE!-if one arrives at all.
HOWEVER; if a patient is able to begin treatment within FOUR (4) minutes; that’s patient’s chances of survival increase exponentially. Any family member can drive or hail a cab to one of the TDW respiratory centers for a four minute ride.
Once there; the patient can be given oxygen or provided defibulator treatment administered by trained medical personnel; while being observed online by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitionerat a nearby hospital.
The hospital will monitor procedures each and every step of the way. When the hospital has determined that the patient is stable enough to move; it can then order one of its ambulances to come and pick up the patient; or we can transport them on our own with our converted non-emergency medical vans.
Everyday distance treatment like this is saving lives and cutting medical costs; here is a link to an articlein Forbes about relevant treatment.
While I would love to head this new corporation; I feel it is better if I serve as the consulting manager on this first project. I suggest this because, while quite frankly I’m an anal opening when it comes to being a manager. Mind you; I am never mean, petty nor disrespectful. I am however, demanding, not politically correct and have no patience for people who want to make money; but don’t want to put in the hours that are needed to make these types of projects a success.
I will perform all the grunt work that organizations need to ensure success of our administrative and marketing needs. I know this really great attorney in Grand Rapids (a good looking guy who would put George Clooney out of business in a nanosecond if he ever went into acting) who we can hire to help us along the way.
Everything we need to do we can do online. If people in Egypt and Libya can topple governments using the Internet; we can run a successful business doing the same.
The first act should be to purchase the property; be it a group of people or just a few. The people who put the money in can donate the house as a way to give value to the newly formed corporation. Since they are putting up the money; they should decide who they want to put in charge. We can find really great property in Detroit from Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000.00). Founders should also count on initially spending around Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) on start-up costs for technology and related costs. Since most of these costs are equipment related; I will be happy to send a list to anyone who wants to purchase or donate these items.
No matter what the infomercials tell you at 1A in the morning; you MUST have money to start a business. The technology will save us a great deal of time; however you will need time and access in order for this project to be a success.
Ok; here is a project that we can set as a prototype for the region and the State. Yes; it is the right thing to do; but I am a business person; and I am in business to make money. No; we will not get rich on this first project; but we will make inroads in establishing ourselves as business people who get the job done.
We have to start somewhere; so providing jobs and healthcare is a good place to begin.
Contact me anytime if you are interested.
We can talk or we can do.
Lawrence A. Harper, Sr.
Detroit Business Editor/knotmove.com