Honeywell exodus is very sad for Morris Township. Township revenues will decrease and taxes will rise. What went wrong?
In my humble opinion, as a neighbor near by I must speak out.
The master plan update to modify the Honeywell site process was too drawn out. Over two years and 50 meetings was too much. In last meetings I attended I kept thinking how much uncertainty will HoneyWell take? Private companies main goals are to invest and grow. Uncertainty blocks that. In business one learns quickly to both seize opportunities and threats to your revenue stream ASAP. Why do many politicians not understand this? The myth that traffic would triple was handled poorly by the politicians. Easy math would have disproved it. It should have been a non issue after a few days. Instead it lingered for over a year and signs about it popped all over town. The opposition grew. No wonder Honeywell stated that lawsuits against the finally approved plan was factor in moving.
Some who opposed had a weak understanding of business and economics. Now they will wonder why taxes will rise as high as the new weeds will at the site.
Last but not least are neighbors like myself who should have demanded the politicians move faster.
Six months should have been the target to entertain all interests and immediately knock down myths.
So what can we do now? Educate those who opposed about how businesses view opportunities and risk. Hold our elected politicians accountable if they do not move quickly on significant financial opportunities and threats. Rebuild Morris Township damaged reputation of not being a business friendly place. Else those weeds will keep on growing.
note opposing point of view – and my response
read my response to opposing point of view – also letter in DR — http://www.dailyrecord.com/comments/article/20130301/NJOPINION02/303010022/Honeywell-fiasco-only-hurts-Morris-Township — No response from author for proof of HoneyWell – Morris Township conspiracy.
Also tone from this letter will tend not to entice a prospective developer or business to move to this site. My letter, link below on same day, offers suggestions how Morris Township can recover from this debacle. The first recommendation may pertain to this author “Educate those who don’t understand how businesses view opportunities and risk.” As an ex venture capitalist, I would not recommend this land as a good investment, if author’s view is persuasive (TBD) – opposition to any modern modifications to this outdated land use. “Great lawn” may thus become “Great Weeds”. Let us then act on my conclusion from my letter. Else taxes will go up and stay up.
So what can we do now? Educate those who don’t understand how businesses view opportunities and risk. Hold our elected politicians accountable if they do not move quickly on significant financial opportunities and threats. Rebuild Morris Township’s damaged reputation of not being a business-friendly place. Otherwise those weeds will keep on growing.
*** also amazing: apathy to this important issue. My letter and this letter each got only 3 recommendations. Recommendations typically do not necessarily mean approval or disproval. Rather it means sending messages to others to read about an important issue.