Staying on message

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM.

And most of it originates in the private sector and only after the private sector has done its work does government begin to play a role, in permitting, incentives and the like.

Yes, there is a stewardship of the tax dollar aspect to county commissioners’ argument, and if genuine a valid one.

But it is commissioners who have squandered tax dollars for more than a decade while they search in vain for an Economic Development model that provides those all but impossible instant results, and they have done so while alienating potential private partners.

And even though commissioners rarely care, how this plays in Tallahassee is another story for another day.

But underlying Holt’s discussion with the Port Authority was this fundamental – economic development is something you work hard at and hope that hard work pays off.

Economic development is not something that can be, or should be, controlled.

That is something commissioners have long needed to hear.

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