Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bredesen rural development dog and pony show

Phil Bredesen should expand this shtick to include other events. He could bring along a traveling troupe from Cirque du Soleil and maybe a few WWE wrestlers or maybe even a few Ultimate Fighters to really stir things up.

The arrogance and chutzpa of politicians is impossible to over estimate. If making tours of rural areas was the way to help their economy, these rural counties would be boom areas.

This is pure politics that will result in ZERO economic development. This may be a good way to keep Commissioner Kisber off the streets but it accomplishes little else.


At 9 a.m., Bredesen, joined by Matt Kisber, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, will sign a project agreement with county leaders at the Covington-Tipton Chamber of Commerce.

Earlier this month, Bredesen announced plans to bring site selection consultants to five rural Tennessee regions. One of the regions includes Lauderdale, Haywood and Tipton counties.

The Orange Carpet project involves a two-day visit to communities in each region. The consultants will tour potential industrial sites.

The region leaders will present "action plans" to the site selection consultants. The experts will offer advice about improvements the communities can make to draw industries.