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Bodhisattva Economic Development

03/26/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi, Buddhism, Business, Economic Development

Bill Callahan pointed out the chumming of the water by Quicken Loans' Dan Gilbert in MAYBE bringing the true Q closer to the Gund/Q. The maybe is contingent on what kind of package/bribe/corporate welfare deal Cleveland/Cuyahoga/Ohio can pull together.

Bill was good enough to also include excerpts from the hometown put on notice, Livonia Michigan. After they shelled out a $6.1 million state tax credit and a 50 percent tax abatement, all in response to a similar threat when Gilbert considered outloud moving to Virginia six years ago.

This sounds alot like whoring to me. May I remind you about a certain Isreali biotech company that moved 5 times in the US before landing here with a ton of incentives only to move on again when another city waved a prettier wad of cash. I'll give a hint . The initials were Quark Biotech. XX(

I was wondering what's up with these incentives, abatement, lo cost lo interest loans, free space, free parking, butt kissing, kowtowing, and other undignified ciyface activities. We look like desparate housewives and we go screw another place whom we share more experiences and live in the same boat, just to "GET OURS."

What is the real story here? Anyone? Mr. Iannone, Mr. Morrison, Mr. Greenspan, Mr. Galbraith, Mr. Keyes, Mr. Volker, Mr. Smith? Somebody?

Just what if we in northeast Ohio decide to use similar code of ethics for doing economic development as Jack posts on his biz website.

1. Our promise to our markets is to do what it takes to be as unique as we can in what we provide
2. If anyone emulates us, we will remain committed to the evolution of our uniqueness beyond whatever replications exist or emerge in the marketplace
3. Because of our commitment to create and serve new markets, we will not knowingly go after another provider's clients
4. If a prospective client seeks us out as a potential provider, we will first determine if our engagement with them would put other providers out of business
5. If that's the case, we will offer to help improve the provider's value to their client
6. If providers are not interested in improving or for whatever reason cannot improve to their client's satisfaction, we will gladly accept an engagement with that client.

Basically, we would attempt to do no harm to ourselves or to other regions. It would only take a little tweeking of the words, and we would have a truly unique and nurturing environment that would naturally attract business, jobs, and wealth; both economic and intangible.

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