I hate this new name…it’s misleading. It is not a proposed business park, but rather still a proposed industrial park…I digress 😉
Councilman Mike Combest and I now have regularly scheduled meetings with County staff and a core group of Village staff to help shape the future of the land use off of Idols Road in Forsyth County, but adjacent to Clemmons limits. Essentially, we have decided to follow the same playbook that strengthened communication and partnership between the Village and County as was done for the library.
What we have learned thus far is that the project is not one that any specific Commissioner is passionate about – it’s a staff-driven project.
Unfortunately, we have also learned that the county scope of “economic development” measures only two things – job creation and tax revenue. Economic development is a more comprehensive term that should have more comprehensive research placed behind it. It should take into consideration logistics, home values, quality of life, environment, and more. Economic development isn’t just about jobs – it should be about the overall impact on the economic climate of an area.
I am positive about our next steps and how the conversation has been received by a few county commissioners thus far. I believe that even if this goes the route of industrial or business park that Clemmons will have a voice in the execution of it.