The New River Valley Commerce Park.
This regarding that industrial park that opened in 2002 - at great taxpayer expense - and still sits vacant - is laughable. As is the feckless politician that pushed - and still pushes - the concept:
Funding could help Commerce Park land tenantsWhy don't you try live music and exotic dancers, Rick? If you think about it, that strip club over in Princeton has more tenants than your weed-collecting industrial complex has.
By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times
Pulaski County -- The federal government will pay $3 million toward equipping the New River Valley Commerce Park with sewer and water services suitable to attract large employers.
U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher said Thursday the money -- half of the amount needed for the project -- will come from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration.
"I have great confidence in this park," Boucher said at a Thursday afternoon press conference. "I am confident it will lead to success."
Officials say the announcement moves the park closer to the day when a large company announces a new facility and creates scores of new jobs on a swath of land adjacent to the New River Valley Airport near Dublin. Boucher said the space is large enough for an employer of 1,000 people.
A joint project of 11 local governments in Southwest Virginia, the commerce park spans 973 acres, has cost $6.4 million so far and has been open for tenants since 2002. No tenants have come. (link) [my emphasis]
As for the rest of you, expect more of the same from Mr. Cheerleader. He's running unopposed in the election next month and is expected to receive enough votes to bring him - and us - another two years of this.