McCaf­frey joins eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee

Lo­cal­ized, in­te­grated ap­proach rec­om­mended

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNT Y - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF

PARRS­BORO - It seems that Parrs­boro’s econom- ic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee has a new ally in Roland McCaf­frey.

McCaf­frey, who lives in nearby Spencer’s Is­land and has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing years work­ing with the provin­cial depart­ment of eco­nomic and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and tourism, met with coun­cil in its com­mit­tee-ofthe-whole meet­ing on Nov. 24.

The days of man­u­fac­tur­ers cre­at­ing $50 mil­lion plants and 200 jobs in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties have come and gone, ac­cord­ing to McCaf­frey.

“The only way, from my per­spec­tive, we’re go­ing to do eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is lo­cal­ized eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” he said. “That means we have to in­te­grate com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, so­cial de­vel­op­ment and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment all to­gether in a ‘whole-is­tic’ un­der­tak­ing.”

He ex­plained this ap­proach by re­fer­ring to the Parrs­boro Cre­ative ini­tia­tive to get more artists to move to town, and ex­pand­ing on lo­cal in­dus­tries like maple syrup and blue­ber­ries. More fam­i­lies mov­ing here would cre­ate a need for more teach­ers at the school, etc.

The first thing McCaf­frey sug­gested was to work on “as­set map­ping,” so peo­ple and busi­nesses con­sid­er­ing mov­ing here could eas­ily see what is al­ready here.

“Parrs­boro is an undis­cov­ered part of the prov­ince, and I think we have some things to of­fer, but, to be frank, I’m not sure what,” he said. “I could try to lo­cate a business here if I know what’s here, and I don’t have that in hand at the present time.”

McCaf­frey met with coun­cil for about 40 min­utes, and agreed to join the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, chaired by Coun. David Har­ri­son.

“What we’re look­ing to do is have an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee that will be use­ful, whether that’s bring­ing every­body in and maybe just ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion about what’s go­ing on around town and dif­fer­ent ways peo­ple could help, or pos­si­bly look­ing at new things,” said Har­ri­son. “We’re kind of stuck as far as bring­ing every­body to­gether, we some­times run out of con­tent to talk about.”

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