Friday, October 13, 2017

The Sangamon County Project

The Illinois State Journal-Register published what I think is its most important article, ever.

It was just a few lines of copy. You probably skimmed through it and didn't think much of it. Who can blame you. It was about another study on economic development in Sangamon County.

I downloaded and read the report, and highlighted some parts so you could skim through it faster. It paints a grim picture of the general malaise of Central Illinois.

Generations ago, one organization started in the beginning, but then egos clash and schisms within the larger organization cause fragmentation and formation of competing organizations. Then every five or ten years, one of the organizations hires an outside consulting firm to do an economic development study, and nobody likes what they have to say, so they ignore it.