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Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
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Ugh local "economic development associations" are the biggest crock of bullshit.

Just gonna point out, as a business owner, that folks who actually know how to "grow business" don't take jobs at nonprofits.
n.b. This is re: North Carolina "economic development nonprofits" filing letters to FERC asking for more pipelines, please.

These "business orgs" are social clubs for bored realtors. But they think they're qualified to give out policy advice on manufacturing.

Listen. If you're gonna give advice on a state's industrial development, you better know some things about its natural resource base. Its supply chain. What resources different industries need. Because then you can actually pursue growth strategies that can, like, y'know, work.
But NC's "biz growth" community is clearly not tracking on any of that, bc they keep bidding for projects we can't possibly win.…
Toyota's supply chain strategy is Manufacturing 101. If you want to pretend you know business, you better know this drill.

They make good cars cheap bc they put their final assembly plants close to the plants that make car parts-- seats, steering columns, brake assemblies, etc.
In other words, Toyota's never gonna build an auto plant in a state that's got no auto manufacturing supply chain.

Guess what state's got no auto manufacturing base, didn't realize that mattered, & still tried to buy Toyota's love with $1.6B in tax breaks? NORTH CAROLINA
My dudes. $1.6 billion dollars is *nothing* to an auto manufacturing company.

If the NC business development community knew fuck-all about manufacturing, they never would've wasted time on this bid. But they did.
So now this incompetent "biz community" is writing letters to FERC on how we need frack gas pipelines.

For what? There are 2 industries that live & die on cheap gas. Oil refining and metal smelting.

Guess what y'all. We don't even have oilfields or metal mines. Pipe dream.
There is no industry that both 1) could exist in North Carolina, and 2) needs frack gas to live.

Meanwhile, battery-backed solar & wind make cheaper electricity than gas does.

These pipelines have nothing to add to our state's economy.…
These pipelines *do,* however, have a lot to add to investors who're underwater on their Pennsylvania fracking rig loans.

You know what? Those investors just made a bad business decision. And they can go file for bankruptcy over it like the rest of us.
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