Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Letters to the Editor

April 29, 2006

Let’s make Garvin County ‘open for business’

Dear Editor,

In today’s global economy, cities and counties compete for population, workforce, visitors and tourists. We no longer compete with the communities just down the road, but with areas all over the globe.

People in this day and age vote with their feet and with their pocketbooks. They choose to live and play in areas which provide them with adequate amenities to support their recreational and leisure lifestyles.

For Garvin County to remain economically competitive, we must create an environment in which these lifestyle amenities are available.

An abundance of available jobs doesn’t guarantee increased population, and neither does having an abundance of available housing.

Individuals, couples and families in today’s highly mobile society are drawn to those places offering experiential lifestyle amenities.

The Garvin County Citizens for Economic Development (GCCED) have launched an initiative petition drive to have a critical economic development question placed on an upcoming election ballot for a county-wide referendum.

The nature of this question would be to allow on-premises consumption of alcohol in controlled environments.

This petition drive will be collecting signatures of Garvin County registered voters who want to decide this issue for themselves.

Currently, we lose significant sales tax revenues to communities surrounding Garvin County. Our citizens must travel up to an hour away in order to increase the number of dining options from which to choose.

The successful passage of this initiative will open the doors for well-known establishments and other forms of businesses within the hospitality industry to consider expanding into Garvin County.

Any effort at economic development is focused on creating the right environment. Businesses have to make decisions based on what is good for their bottom line, but they won’t even consider locating in a place where they can’t operate their successful business model (i.e. chains such as Applebee’s, Chill’s, Olive Garden, etc.).

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