It was delightful to read in the newspaper and on the internet that Kokomo, Elkhart-Goshen and Columbus were among the leading metropolitan areas in economic growth in 2012. The report came from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, and stimulated local public relations people to rejoice with news releases that were sheer exhilaration.
After all, the combined 381 metro areas of the United States managed growth of their gross domestic product (GDP) by just 2 percent for 2012. But our stars shined: Elkhart-Goshen, 11 percent; Columbus, 10 percent; and Kokomo, 8 percent. Blow that trumpet, thump that gong. Don’t let reality cast a shadow where the stars are shining.
The joy could have been as great and the self-congratulatory remarks from state and local offices could have been more useful if the full story were told.