As Evanston Now reported this morning, Evanston is now spending more than $10 million a year on economic development activities. What do you think about that spending?

Is Evanston on track with economic development?

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. City should do what the city does best

    The city council should refrain from making "business investments". Or perhaps the city should establish a separate entity to identify, choose/recommend those to invest in. We need to limit what the council can buy, outside of the basic needs of the city like Streets/Sanitation, Police/Fire, etc. Things for the PUBLIC good, not the private good.

  2. What should the role of government be?

    While I appreciate the city government wanting to assist our city development, it might help the most by following the physican's creed of  "do no harm".  Our city has created an economically uncompetitive environment through it's use of taxation, regulation, and selective subsidy. 

    The result is a city where Mom/Pop businesses can't afford to operate and are replaced by corporate satellites (who are often subsidized by the very same taxpayers whose businesses eventually close).

    If Evanston's government really wants to help spur economic growth, it must first clean up it's own fiscal house.  I'm aware that it's much easier said than done.  But until we reduce the responsibilities and costs of government to a manageable and affordable size, we cannot create the competitive environment necessary to spur long-term economic growth.

  3. Economic development and community values

    Remind me, what's the difference between Evanston sending The Titled Kilt packing because politicians didn't appreciate their outfits and servers' body types, and Chicago threatening to close the door on Chick Fil-A because of the company's values regarding same-sex partners?

    1. Here a Chick, there a Chick

      There is no difference — free speech (and thought) are fine as long as they are in agreement with the ideological Democrat principles!

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