Whose “economic development”?


Ah, they’re gearing up. But for what?

Last week, the City of Burbank welcomed newly appointed Assistant Community Development Director for Business and Economic Development Simone McFarland to its workforce. She brings 25 years of experience in creating business development and marketing programs in both the public and private sectors.

Before arriving in Burbank, Simone served as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Sierra Vista, Arizona where she established a robust ED program, including spearheading the creation of a cybersecurity hub that is positioned to flourish for years to come. Not new to California, Simone has also invested her economic development prowess in the Cities of Riverside and Murrieta, as well as the County of San Bernardino.

Simone has received ten Addy awards from the American Advertising Federation and five awards from the California Association of Local Economic Development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside.

Teri Black observed, “Burbank is on the brink of a remarkable transformation and Simone is just the right person to lead the excitement around economic development. She’s also a great match for the department’s leadership team, and it’s a city that will take advantage of her full range of talents for years to come.”

Who the hell is Teri Black?

Notice how these outfits are always handing out awards. It’s very important to these commercial mentalities. There’s no reason either why Burbank needs to market itself to any more of the 1% crowd. Are they planning on living here?

Of course not. Just pull profits from the place and move on.



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5 responses to “Whose “economic development”?

  1. Anonymous

    starts at six year old soccer teams – everybody gets a trophy. Puss-ification of America

    • semichorus

      This is where I agree with the right wingers. Everyone’s just so special.

      No, they’re not. What happens to kids that get their asses kissed all the time is that they never develop the spirit of self-criticism — that ability or desire to question the first thing that comes into their heads to possibly make things better. It’s the No.1 disease of the Millennials.

      In the case of these commercial organizations, it’s to instill conformity and discipline, even though they like to think they’re so frigging hip. They’re anything but.

  2. Anonymous

    Is this a new hire? Or promotion? Sounds like another raise and new job title. Thought we were broke.

  3. chad

    Whenever you hear someone use the word “robust” in the bureaucratic-speak manner it should tip you off that they really don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s meaningless cliche.

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