The great news of Sweetwater Sound moving to a bigger building and adding 120 employees to the 200 it already has was almost overshadowed by the fact that the sheriff's department also wanted the building. I know what County Commissioner Nelson Peters meant, but he'll probably regret saying, "It's very disappointing." So, Nelson, he's going to hear, what would you have called it if they were adding 200 jobs, a tragedy?
Most people probably don't realize what a big deal it is having Sweetwater here. It's known throughout the music industry and has some of the biggest names in the business as customers. In undergoing this expansion, the company could have reasonably moved to Nashville or Los Angeles where so much of the music industry is located, and, in fact, considered it. Keeping the company here is a great economic-development success story.