But that was yesterday. What's happening today in Madison?
A new group now is working on economic development and Prostrollo is satisfied with the direction economic development is moving in Madison [LAIC puff piece, May 2010].
The minor note: "A new group"? Really? You mean someone has replaced the old rich guys who gather 'round the traveling card table and make all the rules for Madison? The "new group" must not be the LAIC, since the LAIC wouldn't be so dense as to publish its own rah-rah propaganda and not name itself, would it? Good grief: can the LAIC never just say things directly?
The major note: "satisfied with the direction economic development is moving in Madison"—really? Let's see...
- Rapid Air, also mentioned as one of Prostrollo's successes, announced the closing of its Madison plant last fall.
- Another Prostrollo "success," the Mafia-run Guerdons, disappeared 30 years ago.
- We closed a competitive video store this winter and replaced it with another liquor store.
- The LAIC cancelled its much needed Main Street and More redevelopment program.
- The Forward Madison initiative dreamed of creating 400 new jobs but has actually overseen the loss of 500 jobs.
- The LAIC's homebuilding project has stalled, with, as far as I know, only one house occupied in the Silver Creek tax increment finance district the LAIC facilitated with its money.
It's no wonder the LAIC wants to write puff pieces about our wonderful people and our wonderful past. If I were an economic development corporation failing to produce lasting results for the future, I'd want to publish happy distractions as well.