by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
The local daily has a segment informing us that junkets are good for the economy. Here are some excerpts to make freemarketeers sad:
And, when the topic of scientific research came up, a person whose legislative powers can actually help determine the fate of its funding through the National Institutes of Health was listening.
“Generally, there are three values that a business would derive from a politician making a speech at their business,” said Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. “To support the brand and support the overall identity of the company in the region, to serve as a recruitment vehicle and position the company as a vital engine of economic development and innovation in the regional economy and the third reason is to receive consideration by way of legislation and policy.”
Despite the faraway opening date, New Belgium spokesperson Susanne Hackett said private visits from politicians and other community stakeholders at the distribution center can be expected in the coming months.
One of the most effective ways a company can not only celebrate its milestones but remind politicians of its needs is through lobbying efforts that align with business interests.
And unlike a letter writing campaign or a power meeting, inviting a politician to tour and talk at a business establishment can be more powerful, largely because it can be more difficult to forget.