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Economic development panel extends SOD contract

SALEM

April 29, 2014

The Sustainable Opportunity Development Center and its executive director Larry Kosiba will continue helping the city with economic development for another three months....

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questioner

May-02-14 6:22 PM

Kosiba said there were 11 projects in the works, with involvement in at least 14 possible projects. He said eight of the 11 are retail and there were three restaurants, including a banquet center being planned for the east end by local developer Rodney Herron.

So is he claiming the businesses by Mr Herron as ones he has contributed to?? Has he or is that over-inflated bull?

It would be easy just to name businesses coming in or thinking of coming in and say that justifies his existence. That would not be accurate though.

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GrantMingus

May-02-14 10:06 AM

But exactly how instrumental are they in bringing this development to the city anyways? Or is it just happening for other reasons and they're taking some credit? Since we never hear how instrumental they were, my guess is the latter. Holiday Inn and La Quinta aren't going to pop up a hotel because some local development group talked them into it, it's a market based decision.

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questioner

May-01-14 1:38 PM

Someone involved in the city put their thumb and forefinger together to show me how much (or how little) SOD has accomplished.

But then they did say they had heard contracts were "almost" signed for that other hotel and stuff. (This was about 6 months ago.)

So even knowing nothing really done yet, still "hopes and dreams".

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GrantMingus

May-01-14 9:13 AM

Hopes and dreams don't count.

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GrantMingus

May-01-14 9:13 AM

Can we get a list of things accomplished by SOD?

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questioner

May-01-14 8:39 AM

:)

Altho it would beat meth labs on Broadway.

Interesting that one of the things SOD supposedly can do is tear down buildings, and there is another article about the county taking steps to get the rights to tear down buildings. Regardless of how you feel, a redundancy for SOD if county can do.

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WatchDog

Apr-30-14 4:21 PM

"...citing a need to discuss economic development issues of a confidential nature."

Do what? Excuse us? Issues of a confidential nature? Welp, so much for transparency in Government.

As taxpayers, what exactly are we funding Kosiba to do?

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