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Economic Development Set Punts Again to More Meetings, Postponing Hard Questions

| March 18, 2011

The same five “strategic goals” were hashed over again in the third day of an economic development summit, and a fourth was scheduled in May, for yet another $7,000 for “facilitator” Don Upton, bringing his tax-funded total to $30,000.

Familiar Slogans and More Familiar Questions as 2-Day Economic Development Summit Ends

| March 5, 2011

It was left up to Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon to remind the assembled that slogans don’t make economic development policy, and unity of message is still far from a given in a county with diverse interests and constituencies.

Economic Development Summit: Diagnostic Kumbayas Drown Out Harder Questions

| March 4, 2011

Day one of the summit produced generous and optimistic self-evaluations from some 60 elected and had-picked representatives of local governments, but no breakthrough on fundamental differences on economic development financing or leadership.

Chamber Survey: 21% of Floridians Would Leave; Business, Government Equally Blamed

| February 14, 2011

The annual Sunshine State Survey finds 65 percent of Floridians saying the state is worse or the same as five years ago, and 69 percent saying business leaders do the right thing only some of the time or never, about as much as government leaders. The full results.


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