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Jobs have to come so retail can thrive

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The problem with most economic planning committees is they get stuck on the chicken and the egg paradox.

There is always an argument for more retail locations to drive the tax base but yet there is no plan to drive the industrial base to drive the income base.

So how can you have more retail locations without substantial growth in the income base?

There are some who argue that the industry will not come without the retail base established. I think this is crazy, as an industrial business is worried about their own operational requirements, not about where they are going to get coffee from in the morning.

They are already planning two to three new shopping centers in Madera when they cannot even fill the ones we have now. Stores will not be able to succeed in these new shopping centers if there is not a sustained bump in the disposable income of Madera.

Wally Nishimoto,


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