There is a clock that is always ticking in my mind as I go about the never ending activities that consume day after day of my life as county judge, and that’s the clock that reminds me that we still haven’t announced the breakthrough that brings real growth and new jobs to Milam County.
I believe that Cameron and Rockdale are doing a lot of the right things that are increasing our chances of making it happen.
But the county has a big stake in this game as well. The county must coordinate with our cities on all economic development efforts including such things as tax abatements so that when that big opportunity (or even a small one for that matter) presents itself, we are ready in terms of offering incentives to attract that business or industry in this very competitive business environ- ment that we are in. Our towns are now making good effort to market themselves, the county has to be involved in marketing as well.
It’s true that the impact of such efforts is hard to measure but it’s got to be done.
Our county Industrial Development Corporation committee must be provided with resources to act on our behalf in these matters.
Working together is no longer optional, it’s critical to our future. The days of talking about the Little River as the great divide need to be put behind us. It’s very likely that the new industry, or subdivision, or even the next town will be out in the county somewhere.
We’ve got to upgrade our rural infrastructure, i.e. roads, water systems, communications, electrical utilities, etc.
Yes, the clock is ticking on all that relates to economic development. My purpose in writing this is to keep it on all our minds.
Budgets are tight, but we’ve got to plan 2012 with this critical need in mind.