Vital rural economies take a long-term view
Incentive-based business attraction strategies like the ones employed by the Central Oregon region to attract Facebook data centers are a favorite economic development tool for many communities. Data centers may well be a win for some rural areas, but there are not enough to bring prosperity to all. Plus, incentives don’t always work out. In 2002, Dell opened a much-anticipated call center in Roseburg, drawn by generous incentives. Five years later, the call center abruptly closed its doors, leaving 220 Douglas County residents without jobs.
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