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Letter: Randy Scott
Intention to run for board seat
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I would like to announce my intention to contest for the Collinsville seat on the Henry County Board of Supervisors (BOS) in the upcoming November 5 election.
After significant study of the past 18 years since Pannill closed, the data supports what I believe to be a widely held suspicion that the current effort on economic development is not working. If the (Martinsville-Henry County) Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is not held accountable soon, then another 18 years will tick away.
Over the course of the last three years, our neighbor, Danville, has been growing with a diversity of high paying jobs in the manufacture of armored vehicles, custom car/motorcycle wheels, biofuels, computer technology, furniture assembly, candles, wine, truck bodies, dry powdered pharmaceuticals, drivers licenses, integrated photovoltaics, toothpaste tubes, and data storage/management, according to data on the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s website.
Texas has lured companies and their jobs from California. Governor McDonnell traveled to California during the first week of May for the express purpose of recruiting jobs. I wonder why our EDC has not recruited California and New Jersey with the precision of a surgeon’s knife. The differential of wage rates in those states compared to Martinsville and Henry County (MHC) creates a wide door of opportunity and leverage to bring some of those good paying jobs to our area.
If you build it and they do not come, then you must go after them. Much like a college coach, we need to target, analyze prospective small manufacturers in high tax/high labor wage states, prepare an offer to include a transition package and make the sale. Waiting for companies to come to us is an antiquated strategy and is not working.
If you believe that the future of our children and our community is in doubt, if you believe Martinsville and Henry County can rebuild since Danville has done it, and if you want to reverse the 18 year decline, then your vote of support will help me start asking the tough questions. We have had enough of decline.
At the end of the day, only a job can build self-worth and sustain dignity in the human being. Only growth in private sector jobs can create a pathway to prosperity for every individual.
Only by increasing individual prosperity can a community afford to lift all boats. Only through new private sector jobs can we generate new tax revenue which is critical for the teachers in the classrooms and the deputies patrolling our neighborhoods.
I do not know all the answers but have a desire to be a part of a turnaround. I am only one voice. So I ask the citizens and taxpayers of the Collinsville district for your support in November.