Without the F-35, it's up to us now

Posted Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 9:04 AM
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  • I agree. I still wonder about the Jr. college that was turned down a few years back by the mayor. Has that ever been considered again? It isn't much, but it would possibly provide some jobs and a flow of some money. Possibly even rental contracts. I was hoping to see one come to town because I think that would be a start of making our town more self sufficient.

    -- Posted by midea on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 4:19 PM
  • There's good advice in this editorial about attracting business, but it's missing an additional item. Local officials and residents need to resist the impulse to chase businesses away once they've said they're interested in Elmore County.

    I say this as a representative of a business (Alternate Energy Holdings Inc.) that has tried for a couple of years to attain a fairly simple land designation change. AEHI came here and spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to set up a well-paying industry, only to have a few well-connected local people delay the process, perhaps irreparably.

    Yes, our power plant is a controversial project - anyone trying to build a nuclear plant, solar plant or wind farm is in for substantial opposition, which is probably why not much gets built any more in the US. It's for each community to weigh its desire for economic development with its desire to keep things as they are. But things will change, whether it's a business that shuts down, outsources, shrinks or moves. Who is knocking on your door and what are you telling them and, by extension, other businesses? Could a military base be built in Elmore County today if proposed?

    I suspect AEHI may not be the only business in this category; it might be useful to take an inventory of what's happened with past economic development proposals, both solicited and offered.

    The by-gum-we-need-to-pull-ourselves-up-by-the-boostraps pep talk is necessary. But in addition, you could reconsider the practice using those same boots to kick businesses that have expressed interest.

    Martin Johncox

    Alternate Energy Holdings Inc.

    -- Posted by mjohncox on Fri, Aug 6, 2010, at 2:09 PM
  • That was all FactMissy's doing. She's an expert on nuclear plants and zoning. Had you thought of it, you could have asked her where to locate it. Or, you could tell her where to put it.

    -- Posted by Quidnunc on Fri, Aug 6, 2010, at 3:28 PM
  • By all means lets just ***** ourselves out to whatever slickters want to use our county commissioners to forward their stock scam. http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2373725/ . Of course we will rewrite the law as many times as necessary to accommodate whatever tire burning factory, **********, or AEHI verbal fecal cleaning facility, that will provide the promise of jobs. Save your "by-gum" advice for when Donnie stops wearing jeans to his town hall indoctrinations trying to look like a good ol boy. We're tired of having to take a shower every time we are blessed by the chosen ones fake soft voice and the fake concern for Mountain Home.

    -- Posted by AtomicDog on Sat, Aug 7, 2010, at 7:41 PM
  • the problem with your proposal is the lack of safeguards for the future.......it is not about keeping things the same or about the job it is about a balance........ i realize that nucular energy is part of the future and i support that ,but i also want viable safeguards on our water ,our land,and our community.you bring in workers and build,,,, there here for awhile and they move on and we are left with the aftermath and all the bad things that go with it......i didnt hear what you were willing to do for us.......sound selfish,well it is , because as said earlier your only intrested in making money and you dont care at whose exspence. either now or latter........there are some things that money cannot buy,and in some cases it will not make better

    -- Posted by lamont on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 8:03 PM
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