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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Memories of 2007---a dedicated EconDev point person on the front burner

In 2007 there was a finance committee meeting where the guest speaker was the Downtown development person from Stoughton,Wisconsin. One of the committee members asked him whether it was possible for a community to succeed with development without a specified person. After a moment, he responded: NO. There was a bit of a gasp...since frank talk was somewhat foreign during those early days. And there was a bit of opposition to the notion that something other than a bunch of local businessmen deciding what is best... Five years later...He was correct...and the notion of the Common Council seems to be to proceed to get some success after a long wait from the Economic Development Conference of 2007.

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