By: Diane Benjamin
It’s really hard to say what BN Advantage is, except that they soak up your money. Supposedly it’s a collaboration of government, the Economic Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and anybody else who is searching for the “Right Fit” in economic development.
A GREAT suggestion was made by board member Don Cavallini at yesterday’s County Land Use committee meeting. He asked why solar farms aren’t being encouraged on land that can’t be used for anything else – like the old rail yards. Instead they are being placed on farm land in the hopes that 20-30 years from now the land can return to farmland. Hope and change abounds! Maybe BN Advantage or the EDC should investigate.
Back to BN Advantage.
They have a great new website. It’s also a lesson in how government is failing to provide essential services in favor of entertainment, Quality of life, whatever you want to call it. It’s also a lesson in government failure to perform even small tasks.
See this link: https://www.bnadvantage.com/bn-at-play/#parks
Count all the great activities you are being forced to pay for because somebody thought you need it. The Castle Theater and possibly the Sugar Creek Arts Festival are the only listings from the private sector. There are over a dozen government sponsored items. Yes, your taxes are higher because of them.
There is one glaring error on the page. Keep in mind this website is relatively new and should be up to date.
The Coliseum isn’t called the Coliseum anymore.
If somebody is looking for it, they would need the real name to find it: Grossinger Motors Arena.
Did Grossinger tell them not use their name out of embarrassment, or are they really going to be upset they paid a lot of money for naming rights and not getting the benefits?
Government is barely capable of providing essential services. This is proof they aren’t capable of economic development either. Early next year there are local elections. If capitalism isn’t returned to local government the area will continue a steep decline. Good candidates are needed, many more people need to vote instead of just leaving town.