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Another perfect example of why we can't get out of the hole that was dug by the elitist mentality of BCC-100 and former EDC Director.
Another perfect example of why we can't get out of the hole that was dug by the elitist mentality of BCC-100 and former EDC Director.
 
Last year on March 19, the then executive director of the Economic Development Commission presented his report for 2011 and his assurances for EDC's coming achievements in 2012.
Last year on March 19, the then executive director of the Economic Development Commission presented his report for 2011 and his assurances for EDC's coming achievements in 2012.
 
We've previously reported about the changes Craven County's Board of Commissioners have been making in their economic development program. They "accepted" the resignation of the former director, just as has Beaufort County.
We've previously reported about the changes Craven County's Board of Commissioners have been making in their economic development program. They "accepted" the resignation of the former director, just as has Beaufort County.
 
Beaufort County Commissioner Al Klemm touts himself as Beaufort County's economic development commissioner. He recent wrote a letter to the County Compass which we printed in the December 13 edition as a Guest Commentary.
Beaufort County Commissioner Al Klemm touts himself as Beaufort County's economic development commissioner. He recent wrote a letter to the County Compass which we printed in the December 13 edition as a Guest Commentary.
 
The industrial parks have incurred capital ($6.5 million) and current ($3.5 million) costs of $330,000 per job created (30 jobs).
The industrial parks have incurred capital ($6.5 million) and current ($3.5 million) costs of $330,000 per job created (30 jobs).
 
Concerning the November 13, 2012 meeting of the Beaufort County Commissioners and the request for a study on the impact of tourism in Beaufort County, the data to date seems to make little or no sense and the various sources do not even confirm each other's findings.
Concerning the November 13, 2012 meeting of the Beaufort County Commissioners and the request for a study on the impact of tourism in Beaufort County, the data to date seems to make little or no sense and the various sources do not even confirm each other's findings.
 
The supporters of the EDC have made the argument that the spending on economic development has a multiplier effect on our local economy, whereby each dollar spent locally by the EDC is magnified by some positive fraction.
The supporters of the EDC have made the argument that the spending on economic development has a multiplier effect on our local economy, whereby each dollar spent locally by the EDC is magnified by some positive fraction.
 
Al Klemm and his cronies at the EDC/Committee of 100 don't like public scrutiny of their scheming to give away taxpayer funded goodies to their friends (and campaign donors).
Al Klemm and his cronies at the EDC/Committee of 100 don't like public scrutiny of their scheming to give away taxpayer funded goodies to their friends (and campaign donors).
 
Commissioner McRoy's characterization of criticism concerning the costs incurred by the Economic Development Commission as being based on "fictitious"numbers is a cheap shot.
Commissioner McRoy's characterization of criticism concerning the costs incurred by the Economic Development Commission as being based on "fictitious"numbers is a cheap shot.
 
You will note that Mr. McRoy makes a comment disparaging the "numbers" he says "many times are fictitious."
 
We got it right last week with the article that accused the Economic Development Council (EDC) of trying to delay the approval of changes in the laws and by-laws until after the November election. Stan Deatherage and I had a stop gap measure which was the presentation of thirteen resolutions to th
We got it right last week with the article that accused the Economic Development Council (EDC) of trying to delay the approval of changes in the laws and by-laws until after the November election. Stan Deatherage and I had a stop gap measure which was the presentation of thirteen resolutions to th
 
Economic Development Commissions 10 year quest for the relocation of large employers wasted millions of dollars and mired the county in idle infrastructure which is uselessly degrading with time.
Economic Development Commissions 10 year quest for the relocation of large employers wasted millions of dollars and mired the county in idle infrastructure which is uselessly degrading with time.
 
Gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton addressed the role of economic incentives in attracting new jobs to North Carolina during their first debate Wednesday night.
Gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton addressed the role of economic incentives in attracting new jobs to North Carolina during their first debate Wednesday night.
 
I have made no secret of my belief that the Economic Development Commission (EDC) has been incompetent and amateurish in its approach to economic development. It would have been impossible for the EDC to have failed more miserably or over a broader range of issues.
I have made no secret of my belief that the Economic Development Commission (EDC) has been incompetent and amateurish in its approach to economic development. It would have been impossible for the EDC to have failed more miserably or over a broader range of issues.
 
Commissioners have just sold the QSII building. It is impossible to know if they should have waited or continued ownership. W
Commissioners have just sold the QSII building. It is impossible to know if they should have waited or continued ownership. W
 
We've got to save the Turnage. We being the taxpayers. If you don't believe me, just check out the headline and accompanying article in the Friday (6/29) WDN.
We've got to save the Turnage. We being the taxpayers. If you don't believe me, just check out the headline and accompanying article in the Friday (6/29) WDN.
 
For over a year we have been publishing articles on the dysfunctional Beaufort County Economic Development Commission and its cohort non-profit the Committee of 100.
For over a year we have been publishing articles on the dysfunctional Beaufort County Economic Development Commission and its cohort non-profit the Committee of 100.
 
The Beaufort County Commissioners think they have a buyer for the ill-fated Quick Start II building in the Washington Industrial Park.
The Beaufort County Commissioners think they have a buyer for the ill-fated Quick Start II building in the Washington 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.
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.
 
What store?? The Beaufort County store. You know, the store run by our County Commissioners. It sure doesn't seem to be the Commissioners. Well, at least five of 'em.
What store?? The Beaufort County store. You know, the store run by our County Commissioners. It sure doesn't seem to be the Commissioners. Well, at least five of 'em.
 
The Quick Start II building is now offered for sale at $1.5 million. This is $900,000 beneath its construction cost and the loss must be increased to include financing, maintenance and depreciation of the structure due to age.
The Quick Start II building is now offered for sale at $1.5 million. This is $900,000 beneath its construction cost and the loss must be increased to include financing, maintenance and depreciation of the structure due to age.
 
As a Beaufort County Commissioner, I was under the distinct impression that the Commissioners' direct employee, our appointed county manager, would hire the new economic director.
As a Beaufort County Commissioner, I was under the distinct impression that the Commissioners' direct employee, our appointed county manager, would hire the new economic director.
 
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.
 
Has the "Big Blue Blister of Debt" been placed with a professional Realtor? Has anything been done to price and market the building? What costs are now accruing form our continued ownership?
Has the "Big Blue Blister of Debt" been placed with a professional Realtor? Has anything been done to price and market the building? What costs are now accruing form our continued ownership?
 
The Washington City Council, in its regular monthly meeting Monday (7-23-12), set the stage for what might eventually lead to a reform of the city/county economic development program.
The Washington City Council, in its regular monthly meeting Monday (7-23-12), set the stage for what might eventually lead to a reform of the city/county economic development program.
 
The Beaufort County Commissioners would seem to have done it again. They sit idly by while one of their own seems to be trying to take charge of things (presumably to remake them in his own image - surely thereby enhancing his own stature).
The Beaufort County Commissioners would seem to have done it again. They sit idly by while one of their own seems to be trying to take charge of things (presumably to remake them in his own image - surely thereby enhancing his own stature).
 
The saga continues. The Commissioners were told that Economic Director Tom Thompson was on jury duty the week of June 4. That turns out not to be true. But we'll tell you where he was.
The saga continues. The Commissioners were told that Economic Director Tom Thompson was on jury duty the week of June 4. That turns out not to be true. But we'll tell you where he was.
 
The Beaufort County and City of Washington taxpayers were treated to another prime example last week of why we have such a mess with the Economic Development Commission (EDC) in Beaufort County.
The Beaufort County and City of Washington taxpayers were treated to another prime example last week of why we have such a mess with the Economic Development Commission (EDC) in Beaufort County.
 
On June 4, 2012, you mentioned to the Beaufort County Commissioners that, earlier in the day, Mr. Tom Thompson, executive director Economic Development Commission (EDC), had failed to attend a meeting where you had expected to discuss the unfiled and overdue 2011 EDC annual report with him.
On June 4, 2012, you mentioned to the Beaufort County Commissioners that, earlier in the day, Mr. Tom Thompson, executive director Economic Development Commission (EDC), had failed to attend a meeting where you had expected to discuss the unfiled and overdue 2011 EDC annual report with him.
 
What is actually sane about this report? What do you find acceptable about a one sided public relations piece being submitted, 75 days late and only after a threatened suspension of pay, in place of documented tool for management review and oversight?
What is actually sane about this report? What do you find acceptable about a one sided public relations piece being submitted, 75 days late and only after a threatened suspension of pay, in place of documented tool for management review and oversight?
 
We address the much belated Beaufort County EDC report, now finally submitted, through contributor Warren Smith's correspondence to Beaufort County Commissioner Al Klemm.
We address the much belated Beaufort County EDC report, now finally submitted, through contributor Warren Smith's correspondence to Beaufort County Commissioner Al Klemm.
 
There was an interesting discussion at this month's Beaufort County Commissioners meeting on the continuing controversy over the Economic Development program in the county.
There was an interesting discussion at this month's Beaufort County Commissioners meeting on the continuing controversy over the Economic Development program in the county.
 
Beaufort County's economic development program has been based on false assumptions that are contradicted by the best available current research.
Beaufort County's economic development program has been based on false assumptions that are contradicted by the best available current research.
 
I downloaded the 2013 County budget (all 168 pages) and have been through every page in it. I worked my way through it one page at a time to get a "fix" on what's in it.
I downloaded the 2013 County budget (all 168 pages) and have been through every page in it. I worked my way through it one page at a time to get a "fix" on what's in it.
 
On May 7, 2012 the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners began to clean up the mess which local economic development had become during the last decade of unsupervised cronyism.
On May 7, 2012 the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners began to clean up the mess which local economic development had become during the last decade of unsupervised cronyism.
 
The foxes seem to be massing around the hen house. According to a front page article in the 5/1 edition of the WDN, the meeting called a few days ago by the EDC chairman to announce his retirement.
The foxes seem to be massing around the hen house. According to a front page article in the 5/1 edition of the WDN, the meeting called a few days ago by the EDC chairman to announce his retirement.
 
Critical thinking is not one of the finer points of being a County Commissioner. Take the blue goose also known by the Economic Development Council as Quick Start II.
Critical thinking is not one of the finer points of being a County Commissioner. Take the blue goose also known by the Economic Development Council as Quick Start II.
 
What is wrong with government, at all levels, was on full display Monday night (4-2-12) at the Beaufort County Board of Commissioner's meeting.
What is wrong with government, at all levels, was on full display Monday night (4-2-12) at the Beaufort County Board of Commissioner's meeting.
 
In an abstract world, we tend to believe what we are told. But, is that the end of it?? Or should our "belief" be tempered by what we observe in the real world??
In an abstract world, we tend to believe what we are told. But, is that the end of it?? Or should our "belief" be tempered by what we observe in the real world??
 
Watch for the irrelevant claim that thousands of jobs have been lost since 1980. Actually, healthy economies lose old jobs and create new jobs continually.
Watch for the irrelevant claim that thousands of jobs have been lost since 1980. Actually, healthy economies lose old jobs and create new jobs continually.
 
Add to that a little over five thousand more for an engineering firm to evaluate the maintenance required on this facility that is designed to bring unending prosperity to the area and we are looking at a little over $20,000 of what some folks would call "wasted money".
Add to that a little over five thousand more for an engineering firm to evaluate the maintenance required on this facility that is designed to bring unending prosperity to the area and we are looking at a little over $20,000 of what some folks would call "wasted money".
 
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