Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The end of VCEDA?

First, Dickenson County declares it wants out of the Coalfield Economic Development Authority. Now, the Coalfield Progress reports here that Wise County might do likewise.

This doesn't make sense to me.

Here is the VCEDA chapter of Title 15.2. It begins with these findings of fact:

"The economy of Southwest Virginia has not kept pace with that of the rest of the Commonwealth. The economic problems of Southwest Virginia are due in large part to its present inability to diversify. The Southwest has suffered, and continues to suffer, widespread unemployment in great disproportion to the rest of the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority will assist the seven county and one city coal producing areas of the Commonwealth to achieve some degree of economic stability.

It is hereby further declared that the foregoing is a public purpose and use for which public moneys may be spent and such activity will serve a public purpose in providing jobs to the citizens of the Commonwealth."

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