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Vol. 17  No. 21 Final Edition
Clovis Free Press

Monday April 16, 2001
City Hall & Public Plunder
Groundbreaking For Vacant Lots!

By Amy Williams, Clovis Free Press, Saff Writer

    CLOVIS -- The City of Clovis recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of what they are calling a "Central Valley Research and Technology Business Park."
     The funds for this most recent expansion of local government have come from local taxpayers, the federal Economic Development Agency, and the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District.
     It's 168 acres is located at Sierra Freeway 168 and Temperance Avenue. Three years ago former Mayor, Harry Armstrong, pushed the Clovis City Council into adopting a pie-in-the-sky  city mission which promoted the idea that Clovis should concentrate on private enterprise that was based on high tech & communication industries. However, none of the documentary research conducted by the City in support of this the brainy idea contained any supporting data from official Labor Market Resarch Studies on where Clovis will obtain the necessary IT and related computer scientific workers for the jobs to be created
    In spite of this lack of supporting research, a government grant in the amount of $2.8 million was approved that was supposed to assist in the construction of the so-called "Park" in 1999.
     Since then, Armstrong has been divested of his mayoral robes and still sits on the Council but the project is probably so far down the road that pulling back may not be possible for the newly elected City Council members, even if  they had the determination to do so.

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