It’s bad enough that a very few people in leadership appointments want to use their powers to redistribute resources to for- and nonprofit organizations. What’s worse is the arguments they devise to rationalize their foregone conclusions. Today, we read some criteria Haywood County’s tourism development board offered Jackson’s. There were only four items, but I slipped a phony in the mix to see if you would notice and if it made any difference.

  • Make them do their homework.
  • Come up with an objective rubric.
  • Identify sectors with momentum.
  • Pre-vet for smooth sailing.
  • Ensure geographic parity.