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Mesquite Regional Business, Inc. is Moving Forward
Posting Date: 06/28/2012
By Barbara Ellestad
At its June 12 meeting, the Mesquite City Council approved a new publicly-funded, private, non-profit organization that is charged with moving economic development in Mesquite "in a new direction."
"If the Council accepts this idea, we intend to go forward as a group, put the Board together and apply for the IRS status. We would put together a contract for business recruitment services and bring it back to you," George Gault explained to the Council. He along with five other community business leaders were part of the Economic Development Steering Committee that has been working on the issue since February. See Mesquite Citizen Journal story Econ Development Approved for Restructuring-Video
Gault and two other members of the Committee, Roger Ingbretsen and Dave Ballweg, met with the Mesquite Citizen Journal this week to lay out a road map for future actions associated with the new economic development function. All of them are serving as non-paid volunteers.
"We are filing the necessary paperwork this week to apply for a non-profit tax status. We have selected Mesquite Regional Business, Inc., as the name for this new organization," Gault explained. "The word Regional is really key in this. We want to reach out and have people look at this as development for the whole corner of the state."
"The State is talking 'regional' also," Ingbretsen added. "Virtually every area has economic problems in today's economy so we need to do a good job of defining our possibilities, those that have the best chance of being developed in our local region," he explained.
Governor Brian Sandoval is currently restructuring Nevada's economic development functions and processes as is the Nevada Development Authority based in Las Vegas.
"We have to find out what the community will support and what it will not support. What are the detractors and what are the attractors of the Mesquite region. We must develop a strong network of people who can help attract others to invest in our region."
"We've written the Articles of Incorporation. We have to write the By-Laws for the organization," Gault explained.
Ingbretsen added that "we need to prepare a list of all economic development resources. This will require building a database of the economic development agencies and services that are available, especially within the state and agencies outside the state that can assist in attracting new businesses."
"We've written job descriptions for Board members," Ingbretsen said. Eventually, new members on the Board of Directors that will guide the economic development function will be phased in over
time. "We want Board members who will devote the necessary time to this task," Ballweg commented.
That echoes the same message he gave the City Council when they approved the organization. "The Board is going to be the key to making this whole thing work. It's not going to be an honorary position. They will be expected to put in time and do some work. They are going to have to be active."
One of the long-term goals of the new organization is to serve as a 'one stop shop' for new businesses interested in moving to Mesquite. "If a business wants to come to Mesquite, we would meet with the owner and help him or her deal with all the paperwork and the City processes necessary to get started. We would walk them through and help them with any problems they might have."
"A private organization like this one has a major advantage over an organization like we've had that's part of City government. We can serve as advocates for a business when it's dealing with the City," Ballweg said. "We can stand up to the regulator like the City and resolve problems the new business may be having."
Ingbretsen says the private, non-profit organization "can operate like a business operates," rather than how a government-based office must operate. "We can have a meeting, decide what needs to be done, and then get it done. We won't have a meeting and then have another meeting and then burn up hours with nothing being done."
Ballweg also says the office will help screen new businesses to determine if they have a viable plan and adequate funding. "Sometimes these businesses don't have enough money to get started. We can work with them and make sure they understand everything they need before they get too far down the road. A City-based office can't do that."
"When a business appears before City Council for permitting approval, we would have helped them put together a whole package that has a business plan and a financial plan. Everyone can see it's a viable deal," Gault remarked. "We won't take a deal to the Council that won't work. We'll take them one that will."
"As a community, we need to set aside hidden agendas, quit talking and start doing. After all is said, we need visionary business leaders to step up and lead us into a sustainable and growing future, or we will continue to be just another exit on the Interstate," Ingbretsen commented.
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 Bravo. Great idea and just what we need. Good luck guys. By: Vic M
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 Another taxpayer swindle! If this is such a good idea, why does it need public financing? These things have dismal track records. If the city wants to help business, all it has to do is get the hell out of the way! That is cheap. Someone is going to make out like a bandit on this and I do mean bandit. By: Leo black
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 This is a good idea because the old crew of Sawyer, Dangerfield and Baker didn't have a clue about how to get this city going. When a soccer field is the best idea you got, we are in big trouble. I wish this committee success, Lord knows we need it. By: Kathy
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 LEO: No one is going to “… make out like a bandit…”. This effort is structured for success. The success of this new approach will be in no small part due the commitment of our City Officials to fund the start-up and the commitment of the Board of the MRBnv. This stable funding will allow us to develop a definite business plan with goals that will succeed. The Board will not have to spend all of our time engaged in fund raising and have to limit planning because of uncertainty of the ability to even pay the bills. The plan presented to the City Council includes future funding from other sources with reduced contribution from the City. The committee to date has volunteered well over 100 hours of time without a single penny of City funding. And the By Laws are being written so no Board Member will receive any compensation. The only individuals that will be paid are the two professionals that are planned to be hired. We need community and business support to make this work. Please give us the time to prove that this new approach will work before you tear us down. If you are interested, you are welcome to participate. We will be at the non-profit exhibition section of the Eureka’s 4th of July celebration and would look forward to discussing the issues with you and anyone else who is interested. We can answer questions of issues that concern you and also we are always interest in others suggestions. By: David Ballweg
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 OMG Leo Black, If a fire department is such a good idea why does it need public financing, or a police department, or a surveyors office, or a planning and zoning department, or a community center, or a street department or a park….....?
There are hundreds of successful economic development offices and initiatives if you will just look past the cloud of tea that you spew! Thank goodness the wise people of Mesquite did not buy your brand of government hatred or the city would really have no future! The excellent and highly successful folks who have volunteered their time and their expertise to design an excellent plan to help Mesquite move forward deserve much more credit and gratitude than your warped viewpoint – and the City Council approved the plan unanimously. Do you really think you are smarter than ALL OF THEM? WOW – good ‘ol boy arrogance to the max!
By: just sayin2
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 In response to one comment - the city DID get out of the way and hows that working for us? They let Sawyer and Dangerfield try to funnel all business to their LDS buddies in Cedar City, talk about a swindle. Corruption was king in Mesquite for the past several years and those guys still work here. This is a good idea, theses guys are smart, have lots of business savvy and lets see what they can do. By: Jason
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 I am really sick of these Tea Party Wacko's ready to give everything to the top 1% and screw everyone else. Look what happened with these ideas, wall street scandals, bank ripoffs, the home mortgage rape of the middle class, we don't need any more Randy Ence ripoffs, VVWD corruption, amphitheaters for this kind of weather or soccer fields for Utah kids paid for by Mesquites senior citizens. Let these business pro's come up with good ideas and lets explore them. Keep the scammers and good old boys out of our pockets. By: Eddie
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 Thanks for your comments Dave. Along the same lines as “where are the customers”, I would survey all existing businesses and agencies and see what products and services they are currently purchasing from companies outside of Mesquite. This may expose a “base” of customers in Mesquite that would support a new business and would also be helpful in attracting an existing business from other places. Identify those businesses and then recruit such businesses to Mesquite with the allure of the Nevada Corporate Tax structure,, low utilities, and maybe some specialized training courses at CSN in the skills that these businesses need, etc. Then do the same kind of inventory of the locally unmet needs our citizens to identify and better understand the customer base that exists in our population – what are they going outside of Mesquite to buy? I’ll discuss these and other ideas with you on the 4th. By: John Williams
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 I have to side with Mr. Black on this - partly. If a new businesses wants to set up shop and use their own money, the city should get out of the way. But, if you want to use taxpayer money, RDA funds or other public money on such completely stupid projects like the soccer center, then the city and us people need to examine it carefully for swindle potential. The fiasco's caused by Susan Holecheck, Kurt Sawyer, Bryan Dangerfield, and Aaron Baker with the Desert Sports deal, NCS, Indoor Soccer, Barcelona, Solstice and who knows what else make due diligence mandatory. I wish the city could get out of the way but unscrupulous people are waiting to take advantage. Give this new group a chance and see what they come up with. I've lived here for 25 years and there used to be no hospital or Walmart. We need to give back to our community and that's what this group is trying to do. As for blighted area's downtown, many of those ugly lots are under the control of Theron Jensen of the LDS church. Since they made $2 million off us taxpayers maybe they could clean up their property. How about it Theron and Mr. Black? By: Robert
Posted Date: 06/28/2012 Remember if NCS, Sawyer and Dangerfield (the city) had their way, we would all be sitting on cement benches at an amphitheater in this weather. By: Sandi