Tuesday, December 6, 2011
DECD Tries New Initiatives
Last week in Guilford, I heard our new Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Catherine Smith, give a presentation on what her agency is doing to attract jobs and improve the economy in our state. There were some things we already knew about, some things that we wish would go away, but some surprising new programs. From a commercial real estate point of view, the best was a new incentive for entrepreneurs, where the State would subsidize their rent. We have so much space available, and, as I discussed in my last blog, much of it would be perfect for start-up businesses. The details, along with the details of some of the other job creation measures, are on the DECD website, although she did say that streamlining the website was one of her priorities. It's not easy to navigate. However, if you do, you may find something that changes your mind about the old phrase "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you"!