Elkhart Mayor Recaps Rebound in NPR Interview
Editor’s note: The following is a summary of an NPR interview with Elkhart, Ind., Mayor Dick Moore discussing the city’s recovery, driven by a rebound in the RV industry. To hear the entire interview on NPR’s Here & Now click here.
While Congress debates the budget, President Obama is traveling to North Carolina to deliver a speech about the economy at North Carolina State University.
As reported by NPR, he’s expected to continue his push for an extension of long term unemployment benefits. Another place he’s visited several times is Elkhart, Ind.
Elkhart is famous for it’s production of recreational vehicles, but RV sales took a hit during the recession. As a result, Elkhart’s economy also declined, reaching an unemployment rate of 20%. President Obama even visited Elkhart in 2009 to highlight the need for an economic stimulus bill in Congress.
But for the past year, RV sales have been going strong, as the economy and housing markets rebound.
Elkhart’s mayor Dick Moore says that the tough times during the recession would be a lesson for the future.
“I think we got through that, and we learned a lot of lessons,” Moore tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “I don’t think these things will have the same effect on us again if they happen again. We’re not going to go without because of the same things that happened before.”