Your Council on the behest of its former Town Manager brought to White Springs a business incubator project which is a park and street to nowhere. Although not usual, the money could have been better spent to build up the Fire Department with paid Fireman. A FD should be separate of being part of the Administration of the town. It would have survived as a separate profit center with the support of the community.
Per Wiki, Business incubators are programs designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurialcompanies through an array of business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by incubator management and offered both in the incubator and through its network of contacts. Incubators vary in the way they deliver their services, in their organizational structure, and in the types of clients they serve. Successful completion of a business incubation program increases the likelihood that a startup company will stay in business for the long term: older studies found 87% of incubator graduates stayed in business, in contrast to 44% of all firms.
In Ocala, the City Donated a building to the Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Partnership whereby start up businesses may use the facilities with common support staff, until the business starts up on its own. Not only can the start-up businesses secure insight into various aspects of development through the Chamber/Economic Development Partnership but through Retired individuals in the community who belong to the chamber as well as members. It is sad to me but when I inquired as to why Hamilton County Development Authority would not assist small businesses who apply, I was told they are looking only for large businesses. That is not the manner in which the Chamber/Economic Development Partnership works.
Today’s small business may become tomorrow’s large business or factory. I remember two ladies in the Twin Cities who painted on glass/resin out of their kitchens. They started getting so many orders for their “suncatchers” that they solicited Tamara’s father’s business of silkscreening the designs. This became a major enterprise. I never look down upon a small business. One never knows how a design or some special object will take off and become a huge business.
I really wish that someday the HCDA will consider all applicants, not just those who are friends, or large business or municipalities. But it may have to be when Mary Bullard no longer is on the board. She has benefited both her relatives, Townsend and Rhett because it is all in the family.
The loyal reader has seen families use the park and that the Prisoners eat there every day. So lets be really generous and say that the prisoners can only eat at the park and that they eat there every day, Saturday and Sundays included. And that one family eats there once a week. That’s of course ridiculous but hang with me a second. That means the park cost the grantor of the funds $13.17 dollars a day for 365 days. And no jobs, even though it was a “Business Incubator Grant”, were created except for some work for the prisoners and Public Works and Andrew to sit in , that is no real NEW JOBS