Bringin’ in the old timers

The Province has retained a bunch of the economic developers from the 1990s to help them with investment lead generation. I worked with most of these guys during my time at the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism. I wish them well.

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0 Responses to Bringin’ in the old timers

  1. mikel says:

    That's bad news for anybody who thinks the call centres had more to do with NBTel's progressive policies than the work of these guys-who really didn't get anything BUT call centres.

    While its 'better than nothing', reading between the lines means three years after being elected the government is admitting "we have no *&^%ing idea what we're doing". Of course the other is simple good old fashioned nepotism, but I"m sure NBT will have plenty to say about that.

    We have no choice but to be critical, so if they are THAT bad that they are finally admitting this, then the reason they DON"T have policy could well be because they simply don't have the brains for it. WHen Nova Scotia came out with their cultural tax credit proposals, NB didn't follow suit because they simply don't know anything about how the industries operate (there aren't many businesspeople at the top of the liberal food chain in case you've noticed).

    But again, you can't sell without the policies. You don't think India has an 'educated workforce'? Or that Maine or the midwest has the same plus the stability of their dollar.

  2. Anonymous says:

    why aren’t you one of them…???

  3. David Campbell says:

    I haven’t had much like getting consulting biz out of the provincial government. In fact, I have done lots of projects over the years for the Feds, local and regional agencies and the private sector but I can’t remember ever doing a project for the provincial government – any department or agency. Who knows why. I have certainly tried.

  4. richard says:

    “Who knows why. I have certainly tried.”

    You have to tell them what they want to hear.

    My experience in the public service taught me that managers in most cases already have a ‘solution’ for their issue. What they need is a consultant who reflects their ‘solution’. The consultant who appears most likely to deliver that recommendation is the one who gets the contract.

    So, David, if you want provincial contract dollars, you need to promote: the flat tax, tax incentives for small businesses, an end to early FI, etc.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If this consultant can get results, then it is time to change the model. Is it better to have hundreds of economic developers on staff that have struggled for results or hire pofessionals with specific objectives that can deliver? When you add up the salaries, office costs and travel budgets of the staff (don’t forget the 15 Enterprises) that would make for a lot of consulting contracts.

    I fully support hiring consultants to get the job done but something has to change if there are already a couple hundred people hired to do the same job.