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    Vickie Cobb

    So glad for Edgars but what about the business owners who have been here and paid our sales tax and property tax to Trussville but are never offered an incentive from Trussville? And this is competition with already established business’s.

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    Debbie Renfroe Rogers

    Totally agree Vickie….this is going to hurt our local bakeries.

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    Stephanie Robinson

    I’m beyond excited. The incentives that were given are actually very common for cities who want to attract high quality retailers such as Edgar’s. Edgar’s is delicious and I can’t wait! We do not have a bakery that can do & offer all the things that Edgar’s can. I drive to 280 all the time for their cakes, cupcakes etc.

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    Natalie Adkinson

    What local bakeries? To my knowledge, no one in town offers the selection of baked goods that Edgar’s offers. There is no dedicated bakery. Some places may offer a smattering if random baked items, but no bakery. This is only going to help our city!

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    Debbie Renfroe Rogers

    Natalie AdkinsonThree Eared Rabbit….just hope we shop with all our local folks first.

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    Matthew Norman

    I’m glad that Edgar’s is coming, however I’m not in agreement that we have to create incentives for them to be here. That can create quite a bubble as we are already doing that with the other new businesses. The market should drive itself.

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    Lisa J. Markham

    Well said Matthew Norman. The government shouldn’t Be in the business of picking winners and losers. As a local government, we have a say and should. They are accountable to their constituents.

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    Matthew Norman

    It would be one thing if we were an underperforming area and it were a manufacturer bringing in 200 jobs.This is a bakery. They will employee… What? 10 or 12. And those employees won’t live here.

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    Vickie Cobb

    If you put a lot of money into a business and didn’t take a paycheck for a while to get the business going and then went thru a recession and have always paid your taxes and supported your community then you find out someone will be blocks away from you that will serve sandwiches and cakes and the city offered them incentives to do so you would be upset too.

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    Vickie Cobb

    And not that I am not glad that someone like Edgar’s is coming to Trussville. Shop Trussville first and maybe everyone can prosper and add to our beautiful city!

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    Scott Buttram

    There is competition among cities to attract businesses and the fact is incentives are part of that competition. I completely understand reservations about offering incentives. But it is a reality in today’s market to attract the business people in Trussville have said they want downtown.

    There are also incentives for existing property owners in the downtown district. The Tribune has reported several times on the grant program offered through Trussville Redevelopment Authority. The grant program has already made a dramatic difference in the look of businesses on Main Street and there are more in the pipeline. (I’ll link our latest report at the bottom of this post.)

    Lisa, you are correct. Local government is accountable to their constituents. In the last municipal elections, downtown redevelopment was the #1 issue for Trussville voters. Virtually every winning candidate campaigned heavily on supporting downtown redevelopment through a strategic recruitment and incentive plan. I also believe that is why more has been accomplished for downtown in the last 12 months, than the previous many decades.

    I believe what you are seeing right now is local government being accountable to the constituents who elected them by fulfilling their campaign promises.
    https://youtu.be/9V-QE2syL1E

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    Stephanie Robinson

    Matthew Norman many cities do this with way less than 200 employees. I personally can’t wait for Edgar’s. Finally, a great bakery will be in town & it is also great for breakfast and lunch. I voted the way I did for mayor last time because of his promise to do exactly what he is doing now.

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