Doing the numbers
October 1, 2002
An open letter to our neighbors in the development, real estate and construction fields:
In a perfect world, I’d love to have the opportunity to sit down over a cup of coffee with the hard working folk in this beautiful region who make their living and support their families doing the abovementioned types of work.
If I could visit with those of you who work in real estate, I’d ask the following questions: Are you aware that in 1963 the Sierra Nevada Association of Realtors reported a roster of 44 members, of which only five came from the Gardnerville/Minden area? Now there are several hundred. Do you realize that Reno now has several thousand real estate agents? Logic would say that there is a connection between growth and more competition. Doesn’t attracting more people in your field just divide this pie into smaller pieces?
I have a question for those of you who work in construction. Do you know how many local folk were employed in the construction of Home Depot, Target, Staples and Walmart? If you checked, I think you’d find that in many cases, out of the area personnel were “imported” and the construction money went into their pockets – not into the bank accounts of the many perfectly qualified local construction people. For example, Syncon Homes, a huge out-of-town construction company, is now busy building homes south of Home Depot and at the east end of Johnson Lane.
I’ve got to believe our capable local developers have to be aware of the large development companies setting up shop in Dayton and other regions, bringing in their personnel D rather than hiring locally. How does this help you?
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From my perspective, as a supporter of sustainable growth, I honestly believe your livelihoods are threatened D not by a growth cap D but instead by the lack of a growth cap!
Do the numbers, folks. Use your own resources to confirm or debunk this. Ask yourselves who really benefits from uncontrolled growth? Does your community? Do you?