Madera County District 3 Supervisor Rick Farinelli concludes his comments on economic development in Madera County:
“We’re ready for a boom in Madera County, if a boom happens,” he said, describing efforts he said he has made with local schools to turn out skilled tradespeople.
“If we have kids that are schooled in the trades, maybe we can keep them in Madera when construction starts again. Maybe they’ll live here and spend their money here and pay their taxes here. The kids are our future here in Madera. If we can’t keep them from going to LA and other places, guess what. We’ll still be in the same stages as we are right now.
Extending Avenue 17 to improve access to Yosemite — “In 2006 and 2007, I introduced a loop, because in the years I traveled, I noticed those loops that moved traffic around cities instead of right into them, clogging them up. My idea of that was to make a loop completely around Madera.” He said the loop would be made up of an extended Avenue 17, Road 23, Avenue 12 and Road 29. “We can put the Highway 145 traffic on that,” he said, and make it easier to connect all the casinos, Oakhurst and Yosemite National Park.
“Go to Hanford, go to Kerman, go and visit Tulare. See what those cities have done. Some of these companies looking for a place to locate are like shoppers — if they can’t visualize what you have here, they’re not going to bother with you. Improving cooperation among the county, the city and the economic development commission — “To me, we should have a joint effort between the planning department of the City of Madera and the planning department of the county to bring business in. I’ve already talked to Planning Director Norm (Allinder) and he thinks it can be done. And the Economic Development Commission should be included.
“If the Madera County Economic Development Commission office were on the third floor of the county administration building, it would be handy to the planning departments of both the county and the city (after the third-floor remodeling now under way is completed). That would be ideal for people wanting to come to this county and build.”
Next: Jim Taubert, executive director of the former Redevelopment Agency.