By: Diane Benjamin
Readers: I’m proud of you! Most of people who read yesterday’s story watched the short video: https://blnnews.com/2020/01/12/i-need-1-minute-and-17-seconds/
Next we need to talk about “Right Fit”.
Without any qualifications or authority, both Bloomington and Normal use “Right Fit” because they want to control the means of production. Businesses need the ability to succeed or fail on their own instead of government picking winners and losers.
I’ve heard stories over the years of entrepreneurs who were either discouraged or prevented from starting a local business. I know of one building in Heyworth right now because Normal was too difficult to work with. I know another guy who attempted to develop a property in Normal and abandoned plans because of the red tape.
Why did Bloomington buy the North Main property where the Mennonite School of Nursing used to be? There was no good reason except to control who ended up with the property. This May it will be for sale for a year, Bloomington is attempting to control who buys it and what is built: https://blnnews.com/2019/05/24/more-proof-capitalism-is-dead-in-bloomington/
Bloomington is even offering TIF incentives, no takers yet: https://cbcdr.com/property/request-for-proposals-downtown-bloomington-illinois-wesleyan-land/
Here’s what I need:
Stories from people who weren’t the “Right Fit” and either discouraged or denied the ability to start or expand a business in either Bloomington or Normal.
Maybe the permit process was too burdensome. Maybe staff was less than helpful. Maybe the requirements for getting permits was ridiculous.
I don’t have to have names, but this project would be better if the person I’m working with could talk to you.
Either comment below or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org