Tuesday, September 09, 2014

County report says economic efforts 'not working'

Economic development strategies and approaches by Butte-Silver Bow and its partners are not working and dramatic changes are needed to get any real improvements, according a report from Chief Executive Matt Vincent and a group of commissioners.

The report recommends, among other things, that local government “critically reconsider” its contractual ties to the Butte Local Development Corp., the county’s designated lead organization for economic development.
BLDC Executive Director Jim Smitham said the findings are a “surprise” to him and he hopes the group and the county will maintain connections.

But, he said, “If they opt not to go that direction, we’ll still be operating and functioning.” More here.

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