Gimmicks Won’t Spark Business Activity
The Economic Development Corp. is limited in the scope of the activities in which it can engage (and its board members are appointed by local politicians), but I didn’t want to let this article slip through the cracks as I catch up with things because it so well illustrates the futility of usual practice in the face of Rhode Island’s problems:
… Businesses are fighting over space in Massachusetts, prompting Babineau to tell those people to take a look at Providence.
“And they said, ‘Really? We didn’t know,’ ” Babineau said. “I said, ‘That’s our fault.’ ”
Board members kept returning to that idea. Daniel Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of Collette Vacations Inc., said the EDC and state must market and sell what Rhode Island offers. Referring to Babineau’s encounter, he urged, “We’ve just got to get in front of them.”
Somehow, I don’t think businesses would be flocking to the worst-bar-none business environment in the United States but for the failure to market to them and hold conferences. At this point, the EDC’s singular focus should be… let’s say… educating Rhode Island’s political class about the damage that it has done and continues to do to the state.