Many U.S. communities today are similar to the Marysville of a century and a half ago. Multiple languages are spoken on the street and in schools, workers hail from many countries and bring their talents to boost the local economies.

Today, there’s a critical shortage of labor in Marshall County and throughout the Midwest. Manufacturers, nursing homes, contractors advertise regularly for employees. Employers complain they can’t find applicants or need a better work ethic among those applying. Our economy can’t grow without new energy in the labor pool.