Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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November 16, 2012

Efforts to boost FC economy eyed

(Continued)

BATESVILLE —

Jim Suhre, Brookville, said, “I would be all for spurring the economy” with infrastructure improvements made possible with TIF dollars. “Maybe this is the way to do it.”

Schirmer predicted job growth will happen slowly. When a county group chatted with Lawrenceburg officials, “they indicated there were seven companies’ lured to Indiana that employed over 100. “Don’t get your hopes up” for a gigantic firm. “As an economic development board, we're looking for (firms that employ) 10s and 20s.”

Lee observed, “Every county has different things that are important  ...  the number of jobs, salaries, types of jobs.” She urged, “You have to assess each opportunity as it presents itself to you.” If incentives the company wants are greater than the benefits it will provide, the parties must negotiate.

Konradi said, “I still don’t see the reason to rush. Our governor will entice people here. I just think we have enough boards in this county already.”

Schirmer pointed out the three-member FCEDC doesn’t cost taxpayers any money now that there’s no director to pay. “I’ll bet you we’ll show you more progress in the next six months than you’ve seen in the last six years” if the TIF tool is established.

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