OK, I am the Community Development Director for a small town, which has tons of development potential in many avenues, yet we have remained the same size for 50 years.... we haven't grown and we haven't shrunk. This is a town where if you don't have 4 generations in the cemetery, you are an outsider. On occasion I hear that the money people and "real" decision makers do not want this town to grow. It's not what you're doing but who you know and what you know about whom. I have always believed this to be somewhat true but never gave it much revernce. THAT IS UNTIL NOW.
I have an out of town developer willing to invest in a new residential subdivision, which would be the biggest this community has seen in probably 80 years. He has tried to work with 2 local real estate agents and after an initial discussion they don't follow up and don't do the legwork. He has also approached land owners on the edge of the city and none of them will sell. This developer is getting frustrated and I am looking outside of the community to get a realtor that will work for this guy.
There also seem to be attorneys who drag their feet, are quick to criticize new ideas and don't offer ideas of their own on how to develop this town. 95% of our downtown buildings are owned by long term families of this city and county and they don't invest a dime in them.
Bottomline, I'm frustrated because the lawyer, bankers, realtors, land owners and politicians of this town are closet obstructionists. They pay economic development lip service and don't take on any risk. IF THE LOCALS DON'T WANT TO PROFIT, SOMEONE ELSE WILL AND I WILL SEE TO IT. I'm younger than all of them and will see most of them die before I'm finished.
Anyone else experience this?