I got an anonymous email regarding my last post stating that my solution for rural development was ‘a tad simplistic, don’t ya think?’.
A tad simplistic.
Isn’t that exactly the point.
All your experts talking about incubation, innovation, acceleration, small business stimulation, trade development, tourism support, infrastructure development, education, capacity building, technical skills development, immigration, in-migration, cultural development, image enhancement, attitude adjustment, rural-urban linkages, smart growth, GIS development, cluster development, research & development, information technology, broadband, positioning, branding, community marketing, community events, the Rolling Stones, sports events, conferences, value-added services, financing, venture capital, management skills, clawbacks, tax credits, tax increment financing, industrial revenue bonds, loan guarantees, micro-loans, block grants, property tax abatements, sales tax exemptions, competitive intelligence, brownfields, greenfields, beach heads, outsourcing, offshoring, onshoring, nearshoring, free trade zones, enterprise zones, empowerment zones, industrial parks, business parks, high tech parks, one-stop-shops, private-public sector partnerships, and employment insurance.
That complex enough for ‘ya’?
‘cept that stuff ain’t workin’.
Back to my premise. 10 new Michelin plants in rural Nova Scotia. Have the guts to invest in jobs and our communities. Divert 5% of government spending to secure our future.
Don’t obscure the real issue.
PS – I can bloviate with the best of them, can’t I?