Talk that low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines might enter the Wichita market has the usual cast of government bureaucrats, centralized planning advocates, and their boosters in a tizzy
Posts tagged as “Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition”
A recent Wichita Eagle commentary by Doug Stanley, vice chairman of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, made the case for government to invest taxpayer money in developing "shovel-ready" sites to attract a wide range of new employers, especially large industrial and manufacturing companies. He says consultants who work with large employers on site selection give preference to communities that have made the upfront investment to save them time and obviously, a lot of money.
Sunday's Wichita Eagle carried an op-ed piece written by Doug Stanley, vice chairman of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition. As we might expect, he calls for more government involvement and management of economic development.
Titled simply "LAND PURCHASE CONTRACT -- Presented by Chris Chronis, CFO" and accompanied by a recommendation to approve the contract, this item might have slipped public notice if not for Dion Lefler's Wichita Eagle story the day before.
Wichita Eagle newspaper stories from summer 2003 tell of the City of Bel Aire's plans for an industrial park. Today Sedgwick County may purchase this land from the small city.
This item, described on the agenda -- at least I think this is the item -- simply as "Land purchase contract" has assumed a sense of urgency.
What is the role in public affairs of a newspaper like the Wichita Eagle? Can it wear more than one hat -- making news as well as covering it?
This is not a hypothetical question.
There's probably little doubt that offering incentives to companies to move to Wichita results in some that do. And, as we've seen, some Wichita companies are adept at inciting rumors they might move or locate new facilities somewhere else in order to gain some advantage or incentive from local or state (or sometimes both) government.
Recently the president of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition wrote an op-ed that engaged in a large measure of self-congratulation, while at the same time asking for even more resources. (Vicki Pratt Gerbino: Invest in recruiting, preserving area jobs, February 15, 2009 Wichita Eagle)
We need to examine whether activities of groups like the GWEDC are really needed and desirable.
A letter in the Wichita Eagle on October 26, 2008 contains a few inaccuracies — okay, lies — and I’m surprised it made it past…
In a statement read at the August 26, 2008 meeting of the Wichita City Council (see City Council Acts on Arena Area Redevelopment), Wichita Mayor…
There is an interesting academic paper titled "The Failures of Economic Development Incentives," published in Journal of the American Planning Association, and which can be read here: www.planning.org/japa/pdf/04winterecondev.pdf. A few quotes from the study:
Given the weak effects of incentives on the location choices of businesses at the interstate level, state governments and their local governments in the aggregate probably lose far more revenue, by cutting taxes to firms that would have located in that state anyway than they gain from the few firms induced to change location.