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This was the response from the Anointed One to Eric Cantor just after the inauguration in 2009. The entire statement was; "Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won."
This was the response from the Anointed One to Eric Cantor just after the inauguration in 2009. The entire statement was; "Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won."
 
Reliable source tell us there is a big shakeup going on at Flanders Filters, one of Beaufort County's largest manufacturing employers. Sources confirm that there was an employee meeting called this morning (6-27-14) and it was announced that CEO Harry Smith has been replaced by Peter Jones.
Reliable source tell us there is a big shakeup going on at Flanders Filters, one of Beaufort County's largest manufacturing employers. Sources confirm that there was an employee meeting called this morning (6-27-14) and it was announced that CEO Harry Smith has been replaced by Peter Jones.
 
There was an interesting Editorial in the Tampa Tribune a few days ago (10/28/2013) about economic development..
There was an interesting Editorial in the Tampa Tribune a few days ago (10/28/2013) about economic development..
 
We here at the Observer have contended for sometime now that care should be taken by government officials before they take risks with taxpayers' money.
We here at the Observer have contended for sometime now that care should be taken by government officials before they take risks with taxpayers' money.
 
As I look at the Blue Goose wheeling and dealing that seems to be going on, I get a little suspicious that some of the "Good Ol boys" are about to pull another one over on the long suffering taxpayers.
As I look at the Blue Goose wheeling and dealing that seems to be going on, I get a little suspicious that some of the "Good Ol boys" are about to pull another one over on the long suffering taxpayers.
 
Often referred to as the "Blue Goose" because of the special colors it had been painted, it had become a "bad joke" and a financial black mark for Beaufort County.
Often referred to as the "Blue Goose" because of the special colors it had been painted, it had become a "bad joke" and a financial black mark for Beaufort County.
 
Economic development, as envisioned in Beaufort County, is the poster child for bureaucratic ineptitude and crony capitalism.
Economic development, as envisioned in Beaufort County, is the poster child for bureaucratic ineptitude and crony capitalism.
 
Beaufort County, long downgraded to a Tier I county, will be upgraded to a Tier II, but do not celebrate just yet.
Beaufort County, long downgraded to a Tier I county, will be upgraded to a Tier II, but do not celebrate just yet.
 
The Beaufort County Commissioners met in closed session today to decide the future of the ill-fated Quick Start II, "shell building", resting on 6 acres in Beaufort County's Industrial Park.
The Beaufort County Commissioners met in closed session today to decide the future of the ill-fated Quick Start II, "shell building", resting on 6 acres in Beaufort County's Industrial Park.
 
We gave away over $1,250,000 in expenses, salaries and crony capitalist subsidies and guarantees between June 2011 and June 2012 while maintaining and funding an empty QSII, an undeveloped Folly on Frederick Rd, and an unoccupied Skills Center.
We gave away over $1,250,000 in expenses, salaries and crony capitalist subsidies and guarantees between June 2011 and June 2012 while maintaining and funding an empty QSII, an undeveloped Folly on Frederick Rd, and an unoccupied Skills Center.
 
I learned, in a national conference for County Commissioners, that economic development can be "anything you want it to be".
I learned, in a national conference for County Commissioners, that economic development can be "anything you want it to be".
 
There is nothing to economically develop at the county level in so far as new industry. That reality applies to every county in the United States.
There is nothing to economically develop at the county level in so far as new industry. That reality applies to every county in the United States.
 
I learned, in a recent national conference for County Commissioners, that economic development can be "anything you want it to be".
I learned, in a recent national conference for County Commissioners, that economic development can be "anything you want it to be".
 
Professor Sowell is not singling out president Obama's policies, other than to see them as a misguided continuation of programs which every administration has forced on American taxpayers and consumers in order to placate special interests.
Professor Sowell is not singling out president Obama's policies, other than to see them as a misguided continuation of programs which every administration has forced on American taxpayers and consumers in order to placate special interests.
 
There was an interesting discussion at the July 2, 2012 Beaufort County Board of Commissioners' meeting. The topic was the economic development program in Beaufort County.
There was an interesting discussion at the July 2, 2012 Beaufort County Board of Commissioners' meeting. The topic was the economic development program in Beaufort County.
 
Viewing the tape of the July 2, Beaufort County Commissioner's monthly meeting I thought I had been transported to another world.
Viewing the tape of the July 2, Beaufort County Commissioner's monthly meeting I thought I had been transported to another world.
 
And while this is my byline, and while all of words expressed below may have well been mine - they are not - most are from citizen Warren Smith.
And while this is my byline, and while all of words expressed below may have well been mine - they are not - most are from citizen Warren Smith.
 
As Beaufort County and the City of Washington consider the direction their economic development programs will take now that Tom Thompson has resigned, it might be instructive for them to consider a new study done by Thumbtack.com for the Kauffman Foundation.
As Beaufort County and the City of Washington consider the direction their economic development programs will take now that Tom Thompson has resigned, it might be instructive for them to consider a new study done by Thumbtack.com for the Kauffman Foundation.
 
Economic Development, or the lack thereof in Beaufort County, is a major issue.
 
The Washington City Council meeting June 11 produced some interesting results. We're still editing the video so we'll have more later but below you will find the video from the first of the meeting.
The Washington City Council meeting June 11 produced some interesting results. We're still editing the video so we'll have more later but below you will find the video from the first of the meeting.
 
The recent suspension of Mr. Tom Thompson’s pay until he meets his requirement to prepare and present the Economic Development Commission’s annual report for 2011 is long over due.
The recent suspension of Mr. Tom Thompson’s pay until he meets his requirement to prepare and present the Economic Development Commission’s annual report for 2011 is long over due.
 
The long-time director, Tom Thompson, has submitted his resignation effective June 30, 2012 and there have been some rumblings that the County is reassessing the role and function of the various facets of the economic development program.
The long-time director, Tom Thompson, has submitted his resignation effective June 30, 2012 and there have been some rumblings that the County is reassessing the role and function of the various facets of the economic development program.
 
The Washington City Council on Monday night (5-14-12) approved the Spinrite grant of $90,000 from the City taxpayers.
The Washington City Council on Monday night (5-14-12) approved the Spinrite grant of $90,000 from the City taxpayers.
 
During the last few months the City of Washington has sponsored and applied for several grants, none of which will require any funding to be provided by local taxpayers.
During the last few months the City of Washington has sponsored and applied for several grants, none of which will require any funding to be provided by local taxpayers.
 
The Beaufort County Commissioners, at their regular monthly meeting May 7, 2012, discussed reorganizing the Economic Development Commission and its Committee of 100.
The Beaufort County Commissioners, at their regular monthly meeting May 7, 2012, discussed reorganizing the Economic Development Commission and its Committee of 100.
 
A quick review of those who spoke at the public hearings reveals that this argument was the single most frequently mentioned reason to go with UHS. Even some doctors displayed the same lack of understanding of economics.
A quick review of those who spoke at the public hearings reveals that this argument was the single most frequently mentioned reason to go with UHS. Even some doctors displayed the same lack of understanding of economics.
 
In a surprise announcement today, April 18, 2012, Tommy Thompson, Executive Director of the Beaufort Economic Development Commission and the Beaufort County Committee of 100, has resigned.
In a surprise announcement today, April 18, 2012, Tommy Thompson, Executive Director of the Beaufort Economic Development Commission and the Beaufort County Committee of 100, has resigned.
 
Ever wonder why that woman wants to lay half naked on the beach or why the 70 year old wants that new sports car. We will not get into explaining those things here but we will try to shed some light on what makes the Economic Development Council (EDC) tick.
Ever wonder why that woman wants to lay half naked on the beach or why the 70 year old wants that new sports car. We will not get into explaining those things here but we will try to shed some light on what makes the Economic Development Council (EDC) tick.
 
But since the building has sat empty, the maintenance expense for the county has skyrocketed. Thus, Mr. Richardson suggested that by selling the building it would eliminate future maintenance expense, having to pay the debt service on the loans and put the building on the tax roles.
But since the building has sat empty, the maintenance expense for the county has skyrocketed. Thus, Mr. Richardson suggested that by selling the building it would eliminate future maintenance expense, having to pay the debt service on the loans and put the building on the tax roles.
 
We trust that our leaders have already begun to consider how to fix this debacle. In that light we want to make a couple of points.
 
The Economic Development Commission's activities can be sorted into two separate periods, the period between 2001 and 2005 and the period between 2005 and the present.
The Economic Development Commission's activities can be sorted into two separate periods, the period between 2001 and 2005 and the period between 2005 and the present.
 
Monday night (3-19-12) was a very special occasion. "An evening with Tommy Thompson". In fact it was so special that he was the only one on the program.
Monday night (3-19-12) was a very special occasion. "An evening with Tommy Thompson". In fact it was so special that he was the only one on the program.
 
The documents handed out by the Economic Development Commission on March 19, 2012 have grants double counted, grants postponed, grants not generated in the accounting period, jobs which are inconsistently accounted for within the EDC own documents.
The documents handed out by the Economic Development Commission on March 19, 2012 have grants double counted, grants postponed, grants not generated in the accounting period, jobs which are inconsistently accounted for within the EDC own documents.
 
The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners heard a report from the Director of the Economic Development Commission Monday night (3-19-12). It was pretty much the same as those made in the past.
The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners heard a report from the Director of the Economic Development Commission Monday night (3-19-12). It was pretty much the same as those made in the past.
 
The Beaufort County Economic Development Commission will have a group of talking points, which we have listed here below.
The Beaufort County Economic Development Commission will have a group of talking points, which we have listed here below.
 
For the most part Public Boards and Commissions don't work. The reason Public Boards and Commissions don't work are the same as why our democratic republic has not been working lately.
For the most part Public Boards and Commissions don't work. The reason Public Boards and Commissions don't work are the same as why our democratic republic has not been working lately.
 
Pursuant to the Special Called Meeting for Monday night at 6:00 pm, March 19, 2012, we have received this press release from Beaufort County Employee, Laura Tetterton, to Committee of 100 Members for that aforementioned county commissioner meeting.
Pursuant to the Special Called Meeting for Monday night at 6:00 pm, March 19, 2012, we have received this press release from Beaufort County Employee, Laura Tetterton, to Committee of 100 Members for that aforementioned county commissioner meeting.
 
The general purpose of the meeting is to receive the annual report on economic development. There will be several other matters for discussion. The public is invited to attend.
The general purpose of the meeting is to receive the annual report on economic development. There will be several other matters for discussion. The public is invited to attend.
 
The Economic Development Commission's By-Laws of July 3, 2001 require convening an annual meeting in March. At this meeting there is to be a formal presentation of an annual report. Was such a meeting held in 2011? Are these meeting not covered by the Open Meeting Laws?
The Economic Development Commission's By-Laws of July 3, 2001 require convening an annual meeting in March. At this meeting there is to be a formal presentation of an annual report. Was such a meeting held in 2011? Are these meeting not covered by the Open Meeting Laws?
 
It is rumored that the property initially earmarked for the incentive land grant to P&G/A&E Manufacturing has not qualified for the state funded sewer grant necessary to improve the property for the construction of A&E's 50,000 sq. ft. building.
It is rumored that the property initially earmarked for the incentive land grant to P&G/A&E Manufacturing has not qualified for the state funded sewer grant necessary to improve the property for the construction of A&E's 50,000 sq. ft. building.
 
The I-95 corridor is no stranger to the disastrous mistakes of economic developers.
The I-95 corridor is no stranger to the disastrous mistakes of economic developers.
 
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