Editor’s Note: Today was a joint meeting with the county commission and the Port of Port Angeles. Several economic development organizations including the EDC appeared. Bill Greenwood, executive director of the EDC was a half hour late and botched the interview.
Now you see what I’ve been talking about for the past two years. The EDC is undoubtedly the greatest waste of taxpayer money in the county right now. Greenwood arrives a half hour late and is unable to answer the most mundane questions about what the heck they are doing with all that taxpayer money. Consider yourself lucky he even appeared. He is a regular “no-show” to most events like this.
A lot of local residents do not make an income of $1,000 per month. This is the amount Greenwood spends on his “travel budget” courtesy of the taxpayers. The only traveling he does is to Toga’s for lunch and to Kokopeli Grill for shrimp cocktails. How the heck can we continue this fraud on the taxpayers?
Since when do taxpayers owe the local businesses a free tax-funded public relations firm? That seems to be all the EDC does is run ads for their members–forsaking all other businesses in the county.
They write their own “puff-piece” about what a great job they are doing and then send it to one of their “handlers” at the Department of Commerce who repackage and send back so they can make it look like the state is praising them for something. This is goofy all the way up the line.
Gentlemen, please show the taxpayers some respect and stop this senseless expenditure. Please appoint another entity as our local ADO.
If all that is required of the ADO is to visit businesses then heck write a check to Port O Call. I guarantee I have visited more businesses in the past two years than has the EDC. Port O Call has done just as much to support local businesses (running ads) as has the EDC. (No, I don’t expect a check but this is a comparison of what you have been paying for)
Another local comparison is instructive. For ten years the Port Angeles City Council gave the chamber of commerce almost a half million a year to market the area to tourists. During the entire decade of this contract not one local lodging business enjoyed even 50% occupancy in any year. Now, for the first time, the city awards the contract to Vertigo Marketing, a professional destination marketing company. The response is off-the-charts improved–more than 25% increase in occupancy and lodging tax revenue collected–the first year.
I can assure you of a similar improvement if you will find a new ADO–maybe the Port of Port Angeles–provide them an opportunity and they will respond with similar improvements.
Gentlemen, you owe this much to the taxpayers. Please cut off this mind-numbing waste and put the money where it will show some results.