I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
One thing is for sure, to create more jobs, a community has to bring in a company that will create those jobs.
Let me fall back on my own personal experience, again:
A tire company wanted to build a plant in my hometown; "ohhhh, no, no, no, that'll be bad. We don't want that".
A recycling company want to build a facility; "ohhhh, no, no, no, that'll be bad. We don't want that".
A fertilizer company wanted to build a plant to produce amonia; "ohhhh, no, no, no, that'll be bad. We don't want that".
Finally, in the late 90's, after the old fart, small town nay-sayers died off, or were too old to raise sand, a federal prison was built there.
Good! Right? Nice, cushy gubmint jobs. Wanna hear the punchline? Most of the people in that area can't even qualify for a job as a janitor, much less anything else.
Now, the land that all those other companies wanted to build their facilities on, has a federal prison sitting on it and it ain't goin' no where.
Hmm openers :
What supply chain is the store using? American made? Chinese?
How is the profit distributed? --wage ranges, dividends, etc
Was Wal-Mart kept out with simple zoning, street, and infrastructure cost restrictions? If so, legal. They want to go there, the town can decide what costs to alleviate and which ones not to.
If the store is well run it will be a net asset to the town in terms of product, profit, tax and wages. If not...it wont.
As usual, the report tells about 1/3 of the real story. Lots we do not know.
All said, I wish em luck.