Saturday, April 05, 2008

Shovel Ready

Tucson, Arizona. Of course I stayed away from TREO's self-stroking cloth fest on Thursday. Apparently so did just about everyone else. I'm having trouble finding an attendee that isn't distilled club. It was pure choir singing to itself. The Star had Gabriela Rico run a short piece mentioning the get together, but no chest puffing about the University's Bio 5 grant, the expansion of a company in Oro Valley, the Walgreen's being built on Speedway near Country Club, a new hair salon. In fact, the article did not mention a single accomplishment.

It did discuss two new programs that should have companies charging into the valley and competing for real estate to establish operations providing high paying jobs. First, we have the "Fast Track Permitting Program" to make it easier to get permits.

The second program is called "Shovel Ready" - meaning that property is ready to go with electricity, running water, a street. That should impress the companies choosing between Tucson and Albuquerque. "Having both tools in place tells companies, 'We're in business; we're not messing around,'" TREO CEO Joe Snell said.

Other semantics come to mind.

Snell declared that TREO would prepare a report card for itself and present it in October.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Thanks, Matt.
Underwhelming organization.

4/05/2008 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sweet deal, getting paid $200 grand to do absolutely nothing, write his own report card, and present it to pussies that cheer for whatever shit he shovels.

I know several companies that hold their noses when they write their checks to TREO. They feel like they have to for PR reasons.

"Shovel Ready" indeed.

4/05/2008 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know of one of TREO's largest contributors that also holds its nose when it writes its big check to them. This is one of the top 10 contributors, for sure.

4/05/2008 5:35 PM  
Blogger chris said...

Anyone catch the shoveling on Inside Arizona Business after Meet the Press this a.m.? (Featured guests: Joe Snell with Mike Jameson, pres of Tucson Newspapers)Held my nose the whole time. Like a bad accident, hard to look away.

A real eggplant stew.

4/06/2008 1:56 PM  
Blogger thelma said...

I could not have watched it. Just being in the same vicinity of Snell makes me wretch.

I can't wait for him to leave.

The city totally screwed up dissolving its OED. GTEC and OED got more done in a month than TREO does in a year.

4/06/2008 5:49 PM  
Anonymous observer said...

You are invited to a TREO update on the accomplishments since inception, progress in the community since the launch of the Blueprint, and a glimpse into the future, including plans for a community-wide Report Card measuring our progress toward economic health and competitiveness.

The article published did not mention one accomplishment.

4/06/2008 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only accomplishments TREO can claim are those produced by others.

The organization does nothing but funnel cash to scum. Held to the slightest accountability, the maggots would be fired.

Thelma is right. The city committed a great error in folding OED into a structure reporting to worthless turd.

4/07/2008 12:13 PM  

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