Community first....bottom up....performance based....the press release is loaded with lots of economic development jargon and bromides about locally driven solutions shaping the individual economic recovery of regions....
Trouble is no one I talk to knows what the Governor's planned regional economic councils are all about...what they will do...and what they can fund....
Watertown is in a region that snakes around to Albany, so we have to hope we are the tail that wags the dog.
There is natural skepticism about these kind of rearrange-the-deck-chairs solutions.
The Governor is planning an ad campaign stressing that New York State is "open for business." Again, that's fine but the state has a heckuva reputation to live down.
Marketing alone will not change the climate because our problems are not just in perception but reality.
Less regulation, lower taxes and an Ontario-style reorder of the structure of local government would be a start.
So much of what we purport to do in the jobs arena is forcing one segment of the economy to subsidize another to create the impression that jobs are created....
The fact is all businesses must get a break so that the tide rises...and that does raise all the ships..
Governor Cuomo Holds Cabinet Meeting to Announce Phase II in His Plan to Build a New New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo