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ISSUE: Luncheon meeting in Radcliff
OUR VIEW: Good way to spend midday
Whether you’re operating a business in Radcliff, interested in doing business in Radcliff or curious about the state of business in Radcliff, you should be at a midday meeting today at Colvin Community Center.
Mayor J.J. Duvall announced the initial gathering of what he’s calling Radcliff First.
The objective is economic development, job creation and business growth. The luncheon forum is designed to put city government directly in touch with the thoughts of the business community.
Organizing the Radcliff First effort is a means for Duvall to address campaign promises focused on attracting employers to the community.
Since taking office, Duvall has made personal appeals to retailers and other business interests. He’s exploring options and ideas from other states. Gaining insight from Radcliff’s own mom-and-pop stores, small businesses and major employers can equip the city to act effectively.
It’s also a brave move because the city is welcoming a frank discussion of perceived shortcomings and how to address those issues and associated attitudes. That’s not an easy topic to field in a public setting.
The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Colvin Community Center with some time alloted to rub elbows and socialize. It’s free to attend but there will be a fee for the lunch catered by the North Hardin Democratic Women’s Club.
Duvall said the name was chosen to illustrate the desire to focus intently on Radcliff-specific issues.
Toshie Murrell, a local real estate professional, is the featured speaker and will address the real estate climate. Duvall said he plans to present an update on economic development and his forecast for 2013.
In describing the Radcliff First effort, Duvall recently said: “We’re just looking for ways to be creative.”
The success of this luncheon depends on the community. The mayor has made a key first step. Hopefully, a crowd will turn out to embrace his efforts.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.