Town Builds Restaurant to Lure Chef

Pocomoke City officials have funded the construction of a restaurant and bar in their city with no tenant on the horizon - just hopes to attract a star chef and spur economic development downtown.

Brian Shane writes in USA Today that Pocomoke City is not alone in the "if you build it, they will come" approach:

"Creative public-private partnerships are a growing trend, she said, the result of towns thinking strategically about just what they can do to boost hyper-local economies on a tight municipal budget.

'It is cool to see particularly smaller places doing relatively innovative things, where the city and the local elected officials really are taking a leadership role,' McFarland said. "That's what we're seeing more often.'"

Full Story: Towns building on spec to lure businesses



I wish this were the Onion

What an egregious abuse of CDBG funding! This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of! They're just throwing money away for poorly paid, minimum wage jobs. They might as well just throw the money in the river. How did this get approved? I hope it leads to a complete overhaul of how we spend Federal grant money and appropriate uses thereof. I'm disgusted...

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