PTC to hire economic development coordinator for 1 year

The Peachtree City Council is expected Thursday night to approve a one-year contract for an economic development coordinator to help attract businesses to the city.

City staff is recommending a contract with Joey Grisham, who most recently performed similar work for the city of Granbury, Texas and has worked as the economic development director in both Granbury and also Keller, Texas.

Grisham holds a masters in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi and was the most qualified among the two finalists who were selected by a four-person panel and participated in an extensive activity and presentation to an audience, according to a memo to council from city staff.

“Mr. Grisham is experienced in strategic planning, industrial recruitment and retention, and has a wide knowledge base on the retail market, which is critical to the job function in assisting the existing retail centers and merchants in the community,” Interim City Manager Nikki Vrana wrote in the memo to council.

Grisham’s salary would be $71,722 a year but would be prorated over the next nine months. If approved he will begin work Jan. 3, Vrana said.

Grisham’s contract is renewable on an annual basis if funding is approved in the city budget for the position.

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New Economic Development Coordinator

I wish Mr. Grisham all the best in his new endeavor. However, the odds are against him on several fronts. As Mudcat pointed out, economic development requires a serious and committed investment of time and money over a period of time and I'm not sure he can produce tangible results in such a short period of time. And in today's economy, company relocations are practically non-existant. Most are battening down the hatches and just trying to stay afloat. That may be something Mr. Grisham can focus on....working with our existing companies in the Industrial Park on retention. But that is not going to produce much if any new job growth which is what Darko, Starkdumb and The Three Ladies seem to be after with this position. And speaking of the Council Clowns, I have a feeling it won't take long before Mr. Grisham realizes that when you have a Council person like Erika that says you must ask permission for every single expenditure, he will soon wake up and think, what the hell have I got myself into? I'm afraid in the end, the terms of this contract and job arrangement is one that is set up in such a manner to fail by design. And that is unfortunate both for Mr. Grisham and the tax payers of PTC.

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WHAT? WE DON'T TRUST OUR OWN CITY LEADERS?

My word I thought they knew everything. We are supposedly paying this pitance salary to our leader but hiring an expert to counsel us on growth. I thought Misters, whats it, know it alls, were hired/voted to do that. The plot thickens. The jokes on us. Now we are idiots.

OR

Maybe we should thank God cause these folks in office can't do the job. If he is good, maybe he could be Mayor.

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Bringing in the sheep

Just where does our Mayor and Council think they are going to get more businesses to come to PTC?
So few are moving or expanding during this recession, our chances of landing a major employer is nil almost, at least for a few years. It seems we want tax income more than jobs. Jobs mean inferior people!!! How about making this a place where Banks keep illegal money? Like off-shore Mexico!

Maybe the Mayor could also do the City Manager's job and save that six figure job? He could even run the Amphitheater at a loss as it is now!

I think a raise from his 9,000, or whatever, to about 25,000 would have him
say yes.
After all nothing is getting done anyway with those he would replace!

Mike King could be his assistant at, say $10,000? Golf allowed three times per week!

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Just maybe

Maybe if Peachtree City were a little more "small business friendly", we could keep / attract more businesses to the area and keep the tax revenue here.

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Business to the city?

Do you mean like Fisher's Crossing?

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Growing Local Government

What would be the possibility of listing some of Mr Grisham's accomplishments? After all, we are a far piece from Texas. Where will the $71K come from? Moving expenses? Health insurance? Dental? Surely, we are not going to eliminate anyone.

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Mr. Grisham's resume

is available to look at in the detail portion of the PTC Council Agenda for tomorrow night on the PTC website.

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Thanks

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My pleasure.

After reading the resume, what I saw were 5 different jobs in the last 9 years. I don't know squat about Econ. Dev. coordinators, but that seems like a lot of moving around. Since it's a 1 year contract, both will have a chance to say yes or no to more than one year. Should be an interesting 12 months in this economy.

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1 year contract. Not a chance.

I assure you it will be a mutual no after one year. Economic development is not a sudden wake-up and a one-year experiment. Not if you expect results, that is. Nothing against the new guy, but he would be extremely lucky to be able to stand up there next year and point to any new business in PTC that he can take credit for.

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This is the brainfart idea of Kim, Vanessa and Erika. I know this isn't going to work, you know that, the rest of the population knows that, just don't tell them, OK?

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Maybe so, but did Mr. Grisham read the Haddix letter?

Haddix supposedly had the support of at least one of those 3 when he wrote his crybaby letter to Scott Seymour about using the name Peachtree City. If nothing else it (and Seymour's response) show the anti-business enviornment which should give Mr. Grisham pause before he uproots his family and moves here. I really don't understand what goes through these people's minds when they fire off letters like this. Surely some part of their mind recalls the sewer turndown and the recent rate increase because of lack of revenue and they woud have to see the connection - wouldn't they? I mean this is stupid on the scale of Obama sticking to his tax increases when he all but acknowledges that it will not increase revenue, but it is about "fairness". We don't need that kind of stupid anywhere.

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When there is a recession going on, and on, and on, and you can move from TEXAS to Atlanta---nothing would prevent him from gambling on this job!

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Spot On Morgan!

Excellent post! And as Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid!".

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Maybe so, but did Mr. Grisham read the Haddix letter?

Haddix supposedly had the support of at least one of those 3 when he wrote his crybaby letter to Scott Seymour about using the name Peachtree City. If nothing else it (and Seymour's response) show the anti-business enviornment which should give Mr. Grisham pause before he uproots his family and moves here. I really don't understand what goes through these people's minds when they fire off letters like this. Surely some part of their mind recalls the sewer turndown and the recent rate increase because of lack of revenue and they woud have to see the connection - wouldn't they? I mean this is stupid on the scale of Obama sticking to his tax increases when he all but acknowledges that it will not increase revenue, but it is about "fairness". We don't need that kind of stupid anywhere.

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All I know is that

there won't be a Peachtree City Day at the border crossing now. Or a Welcome Peachtree City Residents Day. Or a Cross the Line, Peachtree City and Come See Our New Club Day. Now what do I have to look forward to this winter? And can't we just be depressed about anything without bringing Barack O into it? I can't wait till a name as moronic as Barack Obama never has to cross anyone's lips again. I went to junior high school with a girl named Blodwyn Tarter, and could not figure out for the life of me what she did in the womb to make her mother do that to her. 40 years later I never thought that could be topped...till now. Oh, btw, go to www.ncgmovies.com and sign up for free popcorn. If they ask if you live in PTC, don't answer that question, or you won't get the free popcorn.

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Job Failures

George "W" Bush failed at a few jobs (military included) before he discovered politics! Nixon "earned every cent" he had (which was nothing).

Reagan had about six jobs, I think. Even one where he called a baseball game that wasn't actually being fed to him in a power failure! Similar to his Presidency!
He switched political parties when GE offered him more for BSing than he ever made totally in movies!
Now, Harry Truman was only a farmer and a clothing clerk and senator and President---totally unqualified! (Oh, and was in front line battles in WW1!)
John Kennedy made it all the way by using a fortune from a monopoly granted to his Dad on booze imports. (and a hero in the Pacicic).
Then there is Patton and McArthur---but we won't go there here!
Ike----an enigma!

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MOE: MIKE

If you will check you will find that job hunters between 25-45 have worked at an average of 6 places---since the IT blow-up, and the Manufacturing losses to the Orient and South America.

Those who have only worked at maybe two places in last 10-15 years are happy where they are and don't want to put up with such BS as town gives them these days! Not too many military are staying 30 either---they either burn out or aren't promoted.

Not true 30 + years ago.

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So, are you just pointing out what an old geezer I am now? Thanks, that was worth waking up to. Thanks alot. It's freekin' 25 degrees out, my joints are aching and I'm going back to bed now. So I can dream about 30+ years ago. Yawn....Yesterday, all our troubles seemed so far away.....

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