Scheduled to open, if it hasn't opened already is a place called the The Enterprise Center at Plymouth State University or just the Enterprise Center.
It looks like it's meaning is straighforward it's actually what is termed a 'business incubator.' A place where business comes, with taxpayer assitance to grow and thrive and hopefully create some jobs. From their new website:
"The Enterprise Center at Plymouth equips its members with the tools to build and grow their business by providing an invaluable set of professional services."
Now I'm looking at what it is costing the taxpayers for this new enterprise center on the grounds of Plymouth State University, which I think is still ranked as the number 14th or 17th party school in America.
$781,250.00 Federal Economic Development Administration.
$225,000.00 Northern Border Commission.
$700,000.00 N.H. Community Development Finance Authority.
$ 92,750.00 CDBG Microfinance Enterprise Grant.
$ 55,000.00 USDA Rural Development.
$1,854,000.00 That's $1.8 Million Dollars of taxpayer money used. Whoa Horse Whoa.
I'm now looking briefly at the services offered by this new taxpayer financed $1.8 million dollar buillding. The only thing I could find is a course about Quickbooks.
All this money is this the best that they can do? Quickbooks?
Innovation and Enterprise. New Hampshire creating jobs and opportunity at every angle.
I'm anticipating a response to this thread by someone stating that this taxpayer financed center just opened, that's why they're not offering many programs, just yet.
This argument might hold water if the project weren't so expensive. If the demand and the call were so heavy for a facility like this then why isn't it at capacity in terms of physical space? I think they only have one tenant? And I'm sure they're weren't any older buildings in the area that could have been reused at a fraction of the cost of what was spent here. Guess it is important to have a brand new building.
I think it comes down to petty fifedoms, power and control.
Let's go deeper than this.... This winter many families in the immediate area will go cold due to local economic conditions and cutbacks in programs like fuel assistance. I'd imagine that it will cost close to $5,000.00 a month to heat and keep the lights on in this new $1.8 million dollar building. I'll ask the question again: if the demand were so great for a facility like this why isn't it at capacity?
People will be going cold and a nearly empty building will be heated.
This doesn't make a lot of sense at taxpayer expense. It makes no sense.
Not even Jim Splaine will be able to justify or talk his way out of this one.