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Letters to the Editor

April 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor 4-1-12

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Sincerely,

Bruce Wilson

Athens

We need more growth

Dear Editor:

Regarding “Growth and the future of Athens and Limestone County,” I would first like to commend and congratulate the principles involved in bringing Alabama Green Lubricants LLC to Athens.  The efforts of Tom Hill, the Limestone County Economic Development Association, Mac Martin, and the Athens City Planning Commission are paying great dividends. 

As noted in Adam Smith’s very well written articles, we are obtaining a business that supports our community with good paying jobs and additional revenue. It is just what we need. I strongly urge the Athens City Council to vote their approval of the annexation and rezoning request coming up at the 04/09/12 meeting and continue to provide strong support to all the follow-on required actions.

Looking ahead, as well as the performing an analysis and developing the plan as recommended by Mr. Anderson in his letter to the editor published on 03/25/12, what we need now, is for each governmental entity to continue a very strong effort in promoting new economic development and growth.  While at the same time, the city and county should make additional efforts to “jointly team” and work on attracting new business development opportunities like the teaming it took to bring CTC to the area.

I also agree with Mr. Anderson’s assessment regarding the future impact of annexation actions taken by Huntsville and Decatur, all of which will drive our standard of living and quality of life, in an extreme fashion. As well as planning and teaming regarding economic growth, the future must be ours to manage and take advantage of as best we can. 

Why not resurrect and analyze what benefits might be found in some form of a joint metro government, or home rule, or even a strong joint teaming arrangement with those cities who are annexing Limestone County property.

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