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‘If it doesn’t make money, it doesn’t make sense!’

Gadsden County’s economic future depends heavily on the preparation and determination of its elected officials.

All local governments and constitutional officers are elected to lead the county into the realm of job success.

The health, safety and welfare of the entire county is the basis upon which we were elected, therefore it is and should be the job of each of the elected officials to study, learn and set into place positive policies that will achieve the ultimate goal of economic success.

The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, and all towns and cities within the county, must study, compare, improve and update each comprehensive plan to reflect the current needs of its citizens and property improvement.

Each land owner in the county, or inside a city or town, should attend land use or development meetings to gain knowledge that may be useful for improvements to your property, the development of your property, or community activities that may affect your property status.

All of your elected officials in Gadsden County are part of the business recruitment process.

A friendly sheriff is important for his kindness and professionalism administering the rule of law.

The Superintendent and School Board members are important in providing a good school system that produces well-trained successful young people for the workforce.

The Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Clerk all must provide a professional and friendly environment that is welcoming to new business employees.

Could any of us imagine spending 2 million dollars moving your business to Gadsden County and receiving poor service from any of our constitutional officers, board members or commissioners?

During my research and interviews with prospective companies I found almost all businesses that consider moving their companies to our county or the surrounding area were looking for:

• A good strong workforce (people with basic work skills) and an eagerness to learn;

• A good location;

• A streamlined permitting process with easy transitions;

• Good schools for their children to attend;

• Training facilities;

• Incentives (land, taxes, money); and

• Friendly welcoming communities.

The citizens of Gadsden County should always require all elected officials to work hand-in-hand for the economic success of Gadsden County.

When a county begins fixing up more houses than it is building new houses, there may be a problem.

Let’s stop saying, “I can help you patch that old house,” and lets start saying, “Let me help bring in jobs so that you may be able to fix up your house or build a new house.”

I have a saying: “If it doesn’t make money, it doesn’t make sense!”

We must help each other become successful!

Brenda Holt, the chair of the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, has been the representative on the county commission from District 4 since 2002.

By Brenda Holt