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Economic Development & Tourism

We have a wonderful county with beautiful views and great people. As Judge Executive, I will utilize my business experience and expertise to bring the type of economic development that Grant County needs, without sacrificing what we love about our close-knit community.

Because of my commercial and retail construction experience, I am very familiar with what businesses both large and small look for in selecting development sites, the costs required to develop them, and what it takes to negotiate contracts, as well as areas of contract negotiation where land owners and local government often get into trouble, such as giving too many allowances and their impact long term on budgets and growth.

With a policy of open communication, I will regularly bring together the leaders in the cities of Grant County as well as other local areas to create a county master plan so that all of us are working towards a common goal with a focus of bringing more complementary – instead of competing - services and businesses to our residents.  

The Ark Encounter

Growing Business

This County has a lot of work that needs to be done in order to maximize the opportunities that new growth has given us. Regardless of your opinion of the Ark Encounter, the only reason our County has not benefited more from its existence was the lack of planning and development on the part of our local government.  They have fallen short for several years in taking advantage of the opportunity that we have been given to capture revenues from this attraction and its increase in traffic.  Many small businesses have seen a great influx in customers from the Ark, but we have not made our County a destination to attract the visitors to stay more than a meal before moving on to something else. We have to create our opportunities and we need to have the people in office who know how to accomplish this.

Master Planning

example of Master Plan
example of Master Plan

A master planned community is defined as a large-scale residential neighborhood with a large number of recreational and commercial amenities, such as golf courses, tennis courts, lakes, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, and even stores and restaurants. Utilizing my construction and project management experience with master planned communities, I will help our local leaders develop a master plan for our County's needs.

By creating a master plan for our County, we can identify the following:
  • needs and wants of our community
  • budgets required to fulfill these needs
  • where cities can work together, and where we need to focus separately
  • types of businesses we should attract that will grow areas of interest
  • types of businesses that would cause too much competition and probably not succeed

Being organized and having a clear and agreed upon objective for us all as a community will assist each city and the County as a whole in growing in the right direction.  And with all of us working together, we are able to support each other in our decisions to make our County the best we can.

Sounds great but how does that really work?

If county leaders are all meeting regularly, we will have a general idea of the needs of others, as well as our own needs.  For example, let's say the mayor of Dry Ridge receives a call that one of his suppliers has an amazing deal on playground equipment that another city canceled on last minute.  Because of meetings and planning, Dry Ridge knows that both Corinth and Crittenden are planning on upgrading their equipment next quarter and have their budgets met already.  He can then put them all in contact, they can purchase together and save tens of thousands of dollars.  That is a very simple scenario, but this can be applied to many situations.

What's your opinion? I'd love to hear from you!