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Wade's letter to EDC

April 17, 1998

Following is the complete text of the March 5 letter sent by Washington County Commissioner James R. Wade to the members of the Economic Development Commission and released to The Herald-Mail on Thursday:

"After listening to a presentation by John Howard today regarding yet another distribution center in the Newgate area, I have some very strong concerns. I addressed my concerns with the Commissioners and wish to share them with you.

"The future of this County cannot be in a proliferation of 800,000-square-foot warehouses. This is the third warehouse/distribution project in the Newgate Industrial park since 1995. If we continue on this course, we will need to rename it the Newgate Distribution Park. This can not be the vision of Washington County. Three hundred plus warehouse jobs in a 1,000,000 square foot facility will not provide the jobs we need for our children and grandchildren. These jobs will not pay for four-year colleges or provide sufficient income to raise a family.

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"Where is our vision for the future? We need to send a message to our citizens and those at the State level that we do not want this County to be a warehouse/distribution center. Let's stop being satisfied with whatever comes our way and provide a vision for Washington County. Our future lies in businesses like Phoenix Color, Phillips Driscopipe, First Data and others - not in 800,000 square foot distribution centers.

"It seems the Board of County Commissioners will not boldly take the step to profess a new vision and stop accepting every warehouse that comes in the door. What will you do? Where do you want your children or grandchildren to work?"

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