League urges regional cooperation in letter to editor
Friday, May 18, 2012
League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus President Kitty Burcsu submitted the following letter to the editor of The Columbus Dispatch this week.
As president of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus, I would like to commend the Dispatch on its May 16 editorial, "Teamwork Needed," regarding the importance of an agreement to end job-poaching among local communities in our area.
A committee of the League has been studying the topic of Regional Planning and Land Use for the past two years. The committee members have been pleased to see how efforts have been made to encourage development on a regional basis. One of the most important of these efforts is the tentative agreement reached last December between Mayor Coleman and 11 other area mayors and city managers to refrain from using tax breaks and other incentives to lure businesses and jobs away from each other.
It would be very unfortunate if this agreement falls apart causing local governments to continue to compete rather than work together to obtain and retain jobs that will help the entire region. Central Ohio has the resources to be an outstanding national economic leader. We can best ensure a thriving future for our region with public leadership that promotes cooperation and builds mutual trust that will benefit the entire area.