There is a process to rank proposed community economic development projects in Lane County called the "Needs and Issues Inventory" The criteria they are ranked on are:
- Project readiness
- Leverage of matching funds
- Jobs and economic impact (Project creates or leads to direct and indirect job creation and retention)
- Supports local and regional strategic plans
- Community impact (Strengthens community, has long term impact on economic development)
- Local priority (Ranking sponsor gives)
So cities, quasi-governmental agencies and nonprofits submit projects to be ranked. The City of Coburg wants to improve the water and sewer systems and the I-5 interchange, Florence wants to extend sewers to 200 acres of land that includes industrial zoned land, and even the U of O wants to expand a new building to include a high tech business incubator.
That brings us to the City of Eugene's list of priority projects:
#1 An education center for the West Eugene Wetlands
#2 West Bank Trail Extension (Willamette River bike path)
#3 Forest Legacy (forest preservation by buying the land and preventing development)
#4 Delta Ponds Path (another bike path)
#5 Spring Connector Multi-Use Path (yet another bike path)
I am the only one that wonders if the City read the criteria? Where are the jobs? What is the economic benefit to the community?
I guess I should not expect more from Kitty and the Katz. Lets see, buying private property and permanently banning any development is economic development? Bike paths create jobs?
Only in Eugene. And you wonder why we RANT