A commonsense agenda

Chamber admirably articulates policy on area growth

DAMON CLINE/STAFF Augusta Metro Chamber Chairman Eddie Bussey spoke about the chamber’s Public Policy Agenda for Augusta-Richmond County, which was unveiled at the chamber offices Wednesday.

The official title of the document is the Public Policy Agenda for Augusta-Richmond County.

 

Perhaps that’s because the title Common Sense already had been taken by Thomas Paine a couple of centuries ago.

The agenda, released Wednesday by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, is a “summary of key policies and conditions” under which the Chamber believes the Augusta area can grow and prosper.

“Just as economic development is a team sport, so is public policy,” said Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Eddie Bussey. “That has always been our approach in advocating with our local elected leaders in bringing issues to the forefront that we feel are essential to fostering a healthy and thriving economy.”

Just as motorists often need maps to stay moving in the right direction, communities also benefit from these kinds of policy outlines to maintain the right focus for beneficial growth and development.

A good way to sum that up is with a quote attributed to Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

We don’t want Augusta to end up someplace else.

We want a safe, well-maintained Central Business District. We want prudent fiscal policy. We want government, public schools and the private sector to work together to make the Augusta area a location to which people want to move and work. We want a committed investment in infrastructure.

It’s all there in the Public Policy Agenda, and a lot more. You can examine the 16-page document for yourself online by visiting is.gd/4kEUki. Part of the Chamber’s job is to give voice to the busienss sector regarding pro-growth public policy. This agenda accomplishes that admirably.

There are no pie-in-the-sky proposals in this agenda. It’s all rooted, as we mentioned earlier, in common sense. If you’re in any way invested in Augusta’s future, perusing this agenda will be worth your while.

 

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