“The show will go on
…the City Council allowed a stalled amphitheater project on the coliseum grounds to move forward and approved a new VIP lounge, both paid for almost entirely with private money.
Who’s going to pay the heating and air bills?
Who’s going to pay to repaint it?
…even after [Matt Brown] made a good case for the amphitheater as a low-cost, low-maintenance revenue source paid for mostly with private funds, the council still had said no before reconsidering Tuesday night.
Who’s going to pay when something breaks?
…Brown prefers moving quickly to stay competitive in the cutthroat arena business.
...is there something wrong with swapping advertizing,
editorial support and an overemphasis on journalistic publicity,
like what many considered to be a propaganda campaign
before Tuesday’s coordinated Perkins/Brown spectacle,
and the inevitably forthcoming positively spun rectum kiss
by the Greensboro News & Record’s editorial board
without disclosing the specifics of the tickets for advertizing agreements?
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A separate governing board for the coliseum — a coliseum authority such as the one in Charlotte — would help. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has its own revenue stream from a prepared-foods and beverages tax.
…the council should accept the reality that…the coliseum…will require periodic investments and expansions to stay competitive.
The council also should at least acknowledge Brown’s creativity and resourcefulness.
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex has the following advertising trade agreements
$90,000 with News & Record in exchange for Club Seats,
Both the VIP lounge and the amphitheater will be built primarily without tax money.
…Meanwhile, ongoing construction at the coliseum also includes the new Aquatics Center and the ACC Hall of Champions (Brown’s brainchild), attractions that not only should enhance the coliseum but add new vitality to the struggling High Point Road area.
The Canada Dry property is owned by Susan Robinson,
Even council members who may personally dislike Brown shouldn’t let it affect their responsible stewardship of the facility.”
The Greensboro News and Record Editorial Board
Friday, July 23, 2010
If the Greensboro News & Record's Publisher, Robin Saul, serves on the taxpayer funded
"The [Downtown Area Consolidated Plan Committees]
will also serve to lead advocacy efforts to implement projects…
The [Downtown Area Consolidated Plan Committees] Advisory Team
will be…charged with communicating and engaging residents
from throughout the entire community about the planning effort. "
Downtown Area Consolidated Plan Committees
Should Greensboro News and Record employees
"The Greensboro Partnership works closely with business leaders
...to create a legislative agenda focused on key policy issues
directly affecting Greensboro, Guilford County and the Triad.
The Governmental Affairs department
advocates for these initiatives through direct staff lobbying
and by engaging every member of the Greensboro Partnership
and its affiliates as advocates.
Should the news industry be involved in lobbying?
Governmental Affairs staff members
are registered lobbyists with the State in compliance with Ethics law."
The Greensboro Partnership Legislative Agenda
Don't Steal From My Kids.