Mon
Feb 25 2008
08:59 am
By: WhitesCreek

I expect press releases to be all sunny and bright, but the Roane Alliance operates in such an opaque world that it is really tough to understand whether it is a good thing or a bad thing.

Philosophically, I have a real problem with mixing public tax money with a private operation like the Chamber of Commerce. I was extremely disappointed when the County Commission voted to take money away from our School System and give it to the Alliance.

In their latest brag sheet, they talk about a lot of good numbers for Roane County, but we know so little about this murky operation that we can't tell whether we are funding a good thing or a bad thing. I hope it's good.

I don't have time to run down each of the statistics, and I would really like to know how many jobs in the new industrial park are filled by Roane County residents, and exactly how much it cost us to create those jobs. We're looking at 120 new jobs a year for the next five years, according to the Alliance/Chamber.

By my figuring, that's a job growth rate of 0.64 percent. Compared to a population growth rate of several times that...This thing looks like a loser for Roane County.

The Roane Alliance may be the greatest thing since sliced bread but I don't think anybody knows. Let's get the information out on the table for everybody to see. That's the only way we can make Roane County as wonderful a place for our children to live and work, as it has been for us.

What about having an open forum with the Roane Alliance and the Industrial Board folks answering our questions?

RoaneViews hereby offers to host it for free.

Did you ever...

ask anybody at Roane Alliance about any of these questions?

If not, is it fair to imply that they are hiding things?

RB

Do you have total jobs info...

for Roane County? Most recent labor statistics I found on the web show Roane County in the 4-4.9% range, with the nation at 4.9%. Generally Tennessee and Roane County are a bit lower than the national average.

So do you have data you can show us telling us it's worse than that?

RB

Granted.

Unemp rate is diff from job loss. Do you have verifiable stats showing net job loss in Roane? But job loss is also diff from EMPLOYMENT rate... job loss doesn't necessarily imply unemployment. For example, job loss at one place is still counted as a job loss... even when the job loser goes to work a week later at a better job, n'est pa?

Anyway - read some of the comments WC and I made about serial failures. Having serial failures is NOT diametrically opposed to being a serial entrepreneur. Just like with SC and his R&D efforts, it is COMMON that there are more failures than successes. That's the way one learns. I don't think it's accurate or fair to characterize someone who is an entrepreneur as otherwise because of failures. If he/she is succeeding now, they are showing they've learned from their failures. Entrepreneurs by the very nature of the process will have lots of failures under their belts.

I do absolutely agree with you about our new County Executive. It takes time. Can't do it all at once.

RB

Whoa ! Has the Smith House

Whoa ! Has the Smith House been sold? That would be a travesty since I had a chance to bring a National organization to Roane County and was blown off by the RA. I hope that is a mistake.

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