I’ve been watching the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development this morning,
thanks to @BradRamsey for the tweets –
… and really, I was looking for an excuse to try out embedding tweets.
If the Charlottesville area is going to grow* intelligently, we need to bring in good businesses. But what kind? What segments are we targeting? Government contractors? Tech? Bio-tech (which branch? “Bio-tech” is much too broad, methinks)
* By “grow” I don’t mean “sprawl” I mean good, vibrant, beneficial growth.
What types of economic development should Charlottesville (“Charlottesville” meaning Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson, Louisa) seek to attract?
#tjp (Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development): 30% of albemarle-charlottesville workforce commutes into the MSA
#tjp: “our local economy is forcing the middle class to get more education or drive elsewhere for work, is that the economy we want”
#tjp: “all of our job growth is coming from health, education, etc, government jobs that limit the number of people paying taxes”
#tjp: we need to “strategically grow & attract capital intensive, private sector employers that provide career ladder ops for our residents”
#tjp “message to supervisors today will be – this is all about smart ways to improve tax revenue”