by By Ralph Davis
PRESTONSBURG — Local government officials and economic development
experts got some tough love Wednesday, when the results of an
eight-month study of regional recruitment efforts were revealed.
Consulting, out of Greer, S.C., which specializes in economic
development, site selection and real estate services, was hired by
Kentucky Power late last year to study and make recommendations about
economic development efforts in Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence,
Letcher, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. Their findings, delivered
by Insite princpals Rob Cornwell and Tonya Crist during a luncheon at
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, were not pretty.
were taken to the woodshed on almost every point, including a lack of
full-time staff devoted to economic development, a lack of industrial
recruitment websites to let the world know of opportunities in the area,
an unwillingness to spend any funds except coal severance tax on
economic development, a lack of suitable industrial sites, an inability
to handle requests from companies seeking information, a lack of a
centralized database listing available assets, and a pervasive
atmosphere of county-to-county competition. More here.