County adopts economic development incentive policy
Policy J-7 describes the rationale for using public funds and services to reward or encourage private companies when the benefit to the greater public can be described and properly monitored. The policy further notes that “particular business sectors” should be targeted and includes examples such as “Advanced Manufacturing;” “Research and Development;” “Alternative Energy/Green Technology;” and “Health & Wellness.”
Economic and Business Relations Manager Jim Claybaugh defined Advanced Manufacturing in answer to District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting’s question. Claybaugh described it as much by what it is not than what it is. “We’re not going after large, old time manufacturing,” he said. The term is also known as “Agile Manufacturing” and it involves “high-value product” and may feature “green” applications.
“I don’t want to lose our historical businesses (such as mining, timber and large ranching operations),” Nutting mused. “Can’t we go after that?”
Later discussion clarified that a large family-operated ranch is unlikely to provide many, permanent, full-time, high-paying jobs...