Wednesday, September 12, 2012

City Funding of TREO Eliminated

At long last the City of Tucson will stop funding the grotesque waste of resources known as Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), an agency that is supposed to be enhancing the attraction and retention of high wage paying companies in the local community.

What led to this development is the increasing insistence (and the fact that these demands would only grow louder until satisfied) on the part of city officials that TREO demonstrate in clear, factual terms the tangible results of its efforts in terms of jobs created, wealth produced, and dollars generated.  Real data - that means names and dates and numbers.

Well, TREO just doesn't do that.  Never has, never will.  Instead, since its inception it has relied upon invented estimates, sheer fabrication (i.e. Cloth), and good old fashioned taking credit for events that would have occurred anyway, results produced by others (those who produce).

So, rather than continue to face the badgering for specific, measurable outcomes that can be verified by someone other than a suit in the overpaid goon squad, TREO CEO Snell decided to fold the city cards.

The move makes a lot of sense.  Now the likes of Raytheon, Honeywell, Wells Fargo, TEP, and the rest can pay TREO the sums of their choice for the organization to do what it actually does - cheer leading.

There's nothing wrong with cheerleaders on the sidelines.  They look good and jump around in cute costumes, cheering for the folks on the field.  At salaries well over a hundred grand, it's not a bad gig.

Now that their role is honestly distinguished, the guys in the skirts can stop trying to convince everyone they scored all the touchdowns.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

At long last, indeed.

The county should do the same.

If the local businesses want to pay Snell $350,000 a year to kiss their asses and organize junkets to Las Vegas or Vancouver or Dubai, whatever.

9/12/2012 8:43 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Long overdue. I love this paragraph from the second article you link to:

"Snell said that during the past year, TREO made a commercial, spent time selling Tucson to key decision-makers across the nation, played a part in establishing the Raytheon buffer, helped match employees with potential employers and worked on uniting the University of Arizona and Arizona State University so the two institutions can partner on important issues, like aerospace, which can benefit our area."

Other than the making a commercial part, it would take me less than a day to do 'work' which I could spin into the claims Snell makes.

The commercial might take two days.

9/13/2012 8:31 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Pima County has better uses for that $350K than giving it to Joe Snell. It looks like the next place to apply pressure is the Board of Supervisors.

If TREO were completely gone would anyone notice the difference except for the eight people who draw a salary?

If TREO were dependent solely on private funding and offered only their cheerleading services, it would just be a matter of time until TREO as we know it would cease to exist. Let's face it. It really is government funding that enables this kind of thing to go on for so long.

So, for now Joe Snell gets to hang on to his pom poms and his fat paycheck for awhile but at least the City of Tucson will be saving a few bucks. And, oh, I bet Snell is really ticked off at Paul Cunningham.

9/13/2012 5:04 PM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

Not always, but sometimes time does wound the heels.

The question, "What do these clowns really accomplish?" finally reached critical mass, thanks in large part I think to x4mr's efforts over the years, clearly most of it now 3 or more years ago.

He pushed the TREO ship a little lower into the water, lower so that other events would cause more damage. The San Diego fiasco, on top of the escalating doubts, finally made it impossible for Snell's charade to evade the light of day.

I love the cheer leader distinction. That is exactly what TREO does.

9/13/2012 6:31 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I think X4mr did the next to impossible by getting a significant number of people interested in Joe Snell's slaying of SAIAT. That is the kind of story that the average citizen who is not an insider seldom hears about.

TREO's uselessness is certainly catching up with them. These are not the times for local/regional governments to be bankrolling organizations like TREO that do not produce anything for the citizens. People are screaming about potholes (rightfully so) and they have lost all patience with those who keep throwing money because they do not know how to stop.

TREO is unnecessary and it is a burden that needs to be completely taken off the backs of taxpayers.

9/13/2012 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anon said...

I sure wish I had gotten the memo about how to get paid so much to do so little.

The county probably will stop funding the stupid thing. I don't think it would take very many letters written to the supervisors to cause this funding to get pulled.

As soon as it's not a local political PR obligation to pay these jerks and go to their stupid meetings, everyone will stop.

9/14/2012 1:53 PM  

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