Friday, August 14, 2009

Econ development news...

Of course not in Mohave County... but you knew that already. It is time again for a look at other community efforts for economic activity, just to help prove that it is always the right time to fight for such noble things.

City and community officials praise economic development project in southeast Raleigh
Farmington Square Shopping Center Opens in Southeast Raleigh

08.12.2009 – Raleigh, NC— A coalition of business and community service organizations have joined together to implement a major economic development project for southeast Raleigh. The first phase of a three phase project opened in early August (a large retail shopping center), and is scheduled for completion in December. In subsequent phases Isha Developments plans to build affordable housing and a Senior Living community.

“Our motto is, ‘Building Prosperity for Humanity,’ and that is exactly what we intend to do in southeast Raleigh,” said Jawahar Muniyandi, CEO of Isha Developments. “There is no reason that business cannot profit while being a good neighbor and giving back to the community.”

No reason at all... unless of course you are a NIMBY that relies on empty rhetoric to scare the folks into thinking something else. Happens around Kingman all the time and it is now time to put an end to it.

Five-year plan aims to bring in new retail

By KAYLA MATZKE, News-Record Writer
Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:20 PM MDT
The Campbell County Economic Development Corp. has embarked on a five-year economic development plan that could attract more retail businesses to the area.

Based on what citizens’ concerns and demands are for the local economy, the new plan could include ways to attract more day care centers, more shopping spots or whatever concerns there are from citizens.

“What the initiatives are we don’t know,” said Philippe Chino, the agency’s executive director.

Chino described the five-year economic development plan as a “road map of what we’re going to do in the next five years.”

There’s never been an economic development plan like this before in Gillette, Chino said.

Nor is there one here in Kingman, unless of course you are thinking of the NIMBY economic plan that's just been working like gangbusters eliminating jobs and forcing many good neighbors to move out of the area.

As We See It: County's No. 1 issue -- economic development
Posted: 08/12/2009 01:30:32 AM PDT

Anyone wondering what the No. 1 issue is in Santa Cruz County would have found the answer Sunday in Capitola.

To understand that economic development far outweighs any other concerns for local residents, you didn't have to look further than the Kohl's job fair.

The department store chain, which is opening sometime in late September in the Capitola Mall at the old Mervyns site, was interviewing applicants for 150 part-time jobs.

The company set up a hiring office and gave interview slots to 250 applicants -- out of an estimated 1,000 job-seekers.

Now that's a lot of people seeking a job in the retail industry.

The NIMBY snobs of Mohave County will tell you that retail jobs are shide and we don't want any of that crap around here. They'll also tell you to hide in a shell.

This next share is in a Q&A format and I'll just share a couple, read the whole thing of course...

Grayslake leader talks development
Daily Herald Staff Report

Q. What is your community's single greatest asset or selling point to potential developers?

A. Among the village's greatest assets is its central location and its pro-economic development attitude and the amount of available acreage for nonresidential development.

Q. Have the challenges presented by the current downturn forced you and your community to approach economic development differently? What are the changes and how well are they working?

A. The current conditions have not really affected the village's approach. We focus on economic development during good conditions and bad.

An attitude adjustment around Kingman is three years overdue.

DCDC executive discusses city’s economic development

Updated: 08.11.09
Dayton Community Development Corporation Executive Director Chris Potter discussed the history of economic development from the time of Stephen F. Austin to the present during the Dayton Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon held on Aug. 4.

Potter began his discussion by describing Stephen F. Austin as the first economic developer of Texas who brought 300 families to the region. He said that in the past, economic incentives were offered based on the size of families while now they are based on the number of jobs created.

Here in Kingman, for the past few years, economic incentives are never offered... unless what you mean by economic incentives is drastically higher development fees imposed on growth related projects.

Don't let the NIMBY's win folks... or the water worry warts... or those that like to play hide in the shell games.

If other communities are working towards improving the local economic activity conditions, we should be demanding that our city and county leaders are doing the same thing.

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