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Clash reveals rift over Coos development

The Coos County commissioners voted last month to slash $48,000 from the Coos Economic Development Corp.'s $109,000 budget because the CEDC didn't advocate that an upgrade of the electric transmission lines that connect to the New England electric grid be included in a regional stimulus wish list. ...County Commissioner Paul Grenier of Berlin blasted CEDC leadership for failing to promote an issue that he said is vital to the region. He equated the stand to a "crime against the residents of Coos County."

County leaders battle over region's economic direction

Divvying up the money from the huge federal stimulus package is creating a political pig scramble across the state, with government, political and community leaders competing for dollars for their pet projects. Nowhere has the struggle been more divisive, or more desperately needed, than in Coos County, the state's least populated, poorest and most northern county, where a clash among officials is threatening the very existence of the county's economic development arm.

The Coos County commissioners voted last month to slash $48,000 from the Coos Economic Development Corp.'s $109,000 budget because the CEDC didn't advocate that an upgrade of the electric transmission lines that connect to the New England electric grid be included in a regional stimulus wish list. (The $135 million upgrade is deemed essential for several high-profile proposed energy production projects in the region.) The legislative delegation has since restored the funds, but the commissioners are unmoved and insist the fight is not over.

County Commissioner Paul Grenier of Berlin blasted CEDC leadership for failing to promote an issue that he said... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

County leaders battle over region's economic direction

Divvying up the money from the huge federal stimulus package is creating a political pig scramble across the state, with government, political and community leaders competing for dollars for their pet projects. Nowhere has the struggle been more divisive, or more desperately needed, than in Coos County, the state's least populated, poorest and most northern county, where a clash among officials is threatening the very existence of the county's economic development arm.

The Coos County commissioners voted last month to slash $48,000 from the Coos Economic Development Corp.'s $109,000 budget because the CEDC didn't advocate that an upgrade of the electric transmission lines that connect to the New England electric grid be included in a regional stimulus wish list. (The $135 million upgrade is deemed essential for several high-profile proposed energy production projects in the region.) The legislative delegation has since restored the funds, but the commissioners are unmoved and insist the fight is not over.

County Commissioner Paul Grenier of Berlin blasted CEDC leadership for failing to promote an issue that he said is vital to the region. He equated the stand to a "crime against the residents of Coos County."

Peter Riviere, executive director of the CEDC, said the criticism "stunned him" because nine of the 15 projects that are on the wish list came from the organization's year-old collaborative Coos County Action Plan.

He also noted that one of the leading advocates for the transmission line, Sen. John Gallus of Berlin, was at the meeting and didn't push for the proposal to be included either.


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MAR 27 2009
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