When I was in the military and we were marched from one location to another we would call cadence. One of the lyrics went like this: “Here we go again, same old (stuff) again.” As soon as our city leaders are questioned concerning economic development or the lack thereof, you get the same reply. Like a broken record, “Something big is coming.”
I will be the first to sing accolades to the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) and city if something worthwhile develops. It has been 20 years; what is going on? When the city purchased the 17 acres for $27,000 an acre, I questioned the president of the council at time about plans for the property and was told a company was to buy the property for $27,000 an acre and build a warehouse. That was three years ago. I guess this is going to be a sleeper project, kind of like the expansion of the last Korean company that came to town.
I cannot comprehend giving $25,000 an acre for the 11 acres, which is a rock hill. The article I read in The Outlook said the city offered $25,000 an acre. Is there anybody who understands economics and business in our city government? Why not offer $5,000 an acre then negotiate?
Now, an update on my last editorial. I have had a huge response to the request for the EDA report I put together. Now is the time for change. 2020 will be the next city elections. We have wasted the last city election cycles on unqualified leaders. We must elect qualified individuals to lead our city. Thank you for your time.
Alex City businessman
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