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Originally published: 2013-04-29 11:32:26
Last modified: 2013-04-29 11:32:24

Narrow, twisting business proposition

Watauga County's plans to purchase 199 acres on N.C. 194 North for a business park are interesting.  

The planned purchase is promoted by some commissioners as space to encourage business relocation to broaden the local jobs base.  

A company looking for a building site might be most attracted to an area where the county and town governments work well together in constructive cooperation; where zoning and jurisdiction is consistent, planned and reasonable; where employees can find affordable housing; and where the local public school system has stable top leadership, well-supported teachers, maintained facilities and strong arts and vocational and academic offerings.  

Rather than tossing $1.7 million at so-called cheap land on a narrow, twisting road, there are other county priorities needing attention first in order to attract new business to this county.

John Abbott