Is this a good idea?
The city of Fort Wayne has hired a consultant from South Carolina in an effort to make a stronger pitch to hold on to 1,000 or more jobs at the Navistar design center.
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The contract with Williams calls for him to be paid up to $95,000 for helping in the “Navistay” effort.
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Retaining his services sends a message to Navistar, Williams said: “The mayor and others are pulling out the stops and trying to put together a team that will make a difference.” Williams he would help tailor a package of incentives to the company's needs and requirements.
I know keeping those 1,000 jobs is important, that they are good-paying jobs, that Navistar and Fort Wayne have a long history -- all the reasons the city has for pulling out all the stops. But I can't help thinking that this looks more than a little desperate on the city's part and that the real message the company will be getting is that it can now get anything it asks for, no matter how outrageous. Or am I being too quickly negative? If Navist