The DAILY PAPER ran a page one story Monday about a new guy at the helm of the Chamber of Commerce’s “Boise Valley Economic Partnership.” It’s a scheme aimed at attracting new businesses to the Valley.
We certainly wish him luck, but after reading some of his plans and knowing the dismal failure of the previous $5 million project, we hold little hope for his $4million effort. Sadly, much of the funding came out of the pockets of local taxpayers, thanks to “donations” from local governments. We can’t blame “the economy” for all the failures in government, business, and personal finance. SOMEBODY caused the problem.
Here are highlights of BVEP’s goals gleaned from the Statesman story:
–“The partnership’s five-year, $5 million prosperity initiative did good work getting the Valley on the map for companies looking for new locations,…Somewhere between them landing in the airplane and then making a decision… there is something not happening here”…WHICH MEANS THE PROJECT WAS A FAILURE!!
–“What we’re looking for is where there has been a bankruptcy”…TALK TO CREDIT SUISSE!!
–“Site visits are up here. And they are starting to percolate all over the country.” AT THE END OF THE DAY IS THAT A PUSH BACK OR A TAKE AWAY?
–“They are looking at Idaho. They are looking at India. They are looking at China. So it is truly a global decision anymore”…WHERE TO GET CHEAP LABOR!!
–He envisions Chinese, Korean, and Silicon Valley companies creating “Boutique locations” in the Valley to take advantage of the labor force here. THAT WILL SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS!!
Finally we wonder if the Chamber tells business prospects the Idaho Land Board reserves the right to compete head to head with any venture through state-owned tax-exempt commercial ventures if there is a chance of making a profit.
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