Thinking Like “Flatlanders” to Save Local Economy?

With Progressive in the state capital tying to destroy capitalism, supported by our local cohort of lefty liberals who embrace the economic stupidity coming from Sacramento, this County is in deep economic trouble. Closed retail stores, restaurants closed or closing, applied technology companies consolidating and moving, rising transportation cost discouraging business from moving to the foothills, the list grows longer with every passing month.

Our local lefty blogger thinks the solution, the secret to success, is for our economic developers and business people to start thinking like “flatlanders.”

As any “flatlander” knows, too much growth can be too much of a good thing.

How does thinking like a “flatlander” help local business cope with a Legislature that is destroying our economy with regulations which are being enforced by unelected bureaucrats. Especially, when out local leaders do not push back, they just accept the edicts of these unelected bureaucrats at CalEPA, CARB and the plethora of social engineering state agencies.

Local government depends on tax revenue to provide the services needed by citizens: public safety, fire protection, public health and a smooth working infrastructure. This revenue is generated by fees, property and sales taxes. The more robust economic activity in the community, the more fees generated and sale tax collected.

Our local lefty blogger seems to be concerned that the Dorsey Drive will promote growth in Grass Valley. Growth that will generate construction fees and then when occupied by mid-sized “big box” stores will generate more sales tax revenue.

As visioned by Grass Valley Planners the much discussed shopping center at the Dorsey Drive interchange could will provide local citizens an alternative to driving to Auburn’s big box stores, where the sales taxes stay in Placer County.

Do you think we need to think like “flatlanders” to turn around the regions economic decline? What is your solution.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to Thinking Like “Flatlanders” to Save Local Economy?

  1. Fuzz says:

    Russ, I’ll be very interested to see which “big box” comes to Dorsey Drive. You already have Staples, Hills Flat, and KMart, and you won’t get Walmart, Best Buy, or Costco. Home Depot won’t come there with Hills Flat already there. I doubt if you get Whole Foods with Briarpatch there. Probably no Trader Joes. Will you get a “Big Briarpatch”? ….and beyond that, what’s left?? Target is the only thing I can think of. I doubt if Winco or Food 4 Less would come there. The coming Costco in Auburn is right next to Home Depot so some home maintenance shopping will be lost. Once the impact of Costco/Walmart hits the north county, the citizens of GV/NC will simply have to make a pack with themselves, bite the bullet, and shop local….. at least all who can afford it.


  2. gjrebane says:

    Excellent post, but anticipate your reply to be delivered by the usual corps of crickets.


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