Tim Graves 
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Re: “Hooray! Trains, Trains for All! (Except Richmond)

Close the Staples Mill station and put the money into improving rail infrastructure through downtown. If only I were King....

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Posted by Tim Graves on 12/19/2012 at 9:40 AM

Re: “City Gets IBM “A-Team” to Help Attract Businesses

This is a wasted opportunity. There are tons of research tools out there that already aggregate this data. The $400,000 and focused attention would be better directed elsewhere

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Posted by Tim Graves on 11/21/2012 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Hogwash

You're right, my math was terrible! $41.46 is a lot more than 2.4 cents. :-) This is purely an illustration of how much money it is. Fortunately that doesn't come out of our individual incomes, but from sales tax, property tax, business licenses, etc. The point is the city/region, citizens, and yes Bon Secours are getting a good product on the deal. Ever heard of "win-win situations"? How much value you feel directly comes to you individually is another matter. Based on the advantages, direct and indirect and even super indirect, I think the project improves business and life in the region. Isn't that what tax money should do?

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Posted by Tim Graves on 11/15/2012 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Hogwash

Oh please spend an entire article obsessing over a number used as an estimate and ignore everything else that isn't factored into that simple study that equates to a social and economic benefit to the city. The Redskins players will be staying here and they will spend more than $44. The fields will be there for the other 52 weeks in a year, and will be valuable as a quality of life resource to the city. The city gets some good press. The science museum gets some extra traffic throughout the year. Who knows, maybe there will be some sports tournaments held on the fields, which you can do another economic impact ESTIMATE for. The fields are strategically close to VCU so down the line VCU could potentially make use of them toward football or otherwise, raising the impact. Bon Secours will thrive in Richmond and continue to invest here instead of somewhere else. There's a lot that isn't factored into an economic impact study, good and bad. My final argument: If the 8.5 mil is spread among 205,000 taxpayers, we are each paying 2.4 cents toward these facilities. If you or someone you know will personally use the field to play on or watch the redskins, everyone already got their money's worth.

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Posted by Tim Graves on 11/14/2012 at 11:06 AM

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