Against Incentivizing Cooperative Strategic Workarounds with Comprehensive Market-Driven Measurables
At the risk of repeating myself, I have to opine that one of Rhode Island’s core economic challenges is the frequency of sentences like this:
To position Rhode Island to compete successfully for jobs and investments, a new public/private economic-development partnership should be designed to implement an integrated economic-development strategy that focuses on business retention and expansion, cultivates new business startups, supports a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, develops market-driven workforce solutions to help grow the middle class, creates a robust research capability to help make better investment and policy decisions, develops a comprehensive manufacturing strategy, aligns state capital programs with economic-development strategies, develops best-in-class business information and knowledge exchanges, provides the highest level of customer service, builds on its regional economic-development assets and actively manages Rhode Island’s image and reputation in the marketplace.
Admittedly, I’ve been known to write a Melvillian paragraph from time to time, but I always try (at least) to make my endless sentences go somewhere. At a minimum, there should be some humor in there, or a rest-stop of wordplay to persuade the reader that it’s worthwhile traveling on — perhaps rereading with justified suspicion that something worth catching might have been missed. But that’s 109 words, a full four inches of Saturday Providence Journal column space, of the sort of technocratic jargon that leaves working self-starters rightly convinced that the underlying message is: “You’re not included.”
(Yes, I measured.)
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