Monday, October 23, 2006

Rain Forest: Monday October 23 Update

The Rain Forest Web Site weekly Monday update was uploaded about 2:20 p.m. today, October 23:

The primary issue for the rain forest, now to be located in Pella, remains as it has been for the last 10 years: Where's the money coming from? Last week there was word a meeting was to be held October 16. This week there was no news regarding that meeting -- if, indeed, it was even held.

Meanwhile, there have been a lot of lessons for Pella from the events surrounding Cedar Rapids' Science Station, reported at some length in The Gazette and on this blog (and linked from the rain forest Web site), as well as some more writing about corporate welfare in general and TIFs in particular.

[Every Monday since December 2005 there has been a weekly upload to the pre-existing Iowa rain forest Web site I maintain. In all, printed out the entire site would run over 100 single spaced pages; there are, in addition, links to the full text of hundreds of newspaper stories and reports. It is very probably the most complete resource on the topic anywhere on the Web.

It is found at:

Over the past few months the scope of the Web site has expanded from the rain forest project to include material related to the broader range of attractions and economic development generally (including gambling casinos) in which the proposed rain forest exists and by which it must be evaluated.

If you are interested in following this subject, you might also want to check in from time to time with the Iowa Pork Forest blog for comments that are often humorous and entertaining as well as insightful.]

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