Stephen Fletcher hit the nail on the head when he linked economic growth to the availability of appropriately zoned land (Economic structure needs change, 6/6/12). Economic growth is dependent on basic industries, those capable of bringing dollars into the community from outside the community. Industrial enterprises, particularly manufacturers, sell and ship goods to other areas, bringing in dollars that are partially distributed to local suppliers and employees in the form of salaries and wages. Employees, in turn, purchase local goods and services, creating spin off jobs. If there is a dearth of appropriately zoned land, the economic base of the community will remain stagnant.
More basic industries will increase employment, disposable income, and local tax revenue and be a key to expanded air service. Municipal leaders must review Master Plans and propose changes to zoning ordinances to insure that we have a sufficient supply of land to meet any demand for basic industry growth that presents itself.
Jeffrey M. Stevens