Good things going on beneath surface

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 21, 2005

Right now, Lawrence County's official theme song should be the pulse-pounding intro from the film &#8220Jaws.” Dun, Dun Š Dun, Dun Š Dun, Dun, Dun, Dun Š Da!!!

Fortunately, the county is not being terrorized by a killer Great White shark. In fact, the news is of a much more positive nature, but the similarity lies in all the things going on just beneath the surface.

Like in the 1970s film, everything looks calm at first glance. But then you look a little deeper and see lots of action. And just like the &#8220Jaws,” a &#8220fin” is all that is visible, only our fin is whispers and vague information.

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Instead of a shark beneath the waters, economic development lies just below the surface.

Many skeptics are quick to say &#8220nothing good is happening in this county” and &#8220Lawrence County is dying.”

We couldn't disagree more - and all the things going on beneath the surface prove it.

It recently came to light that the long-talked about Calpine deal to develop a massive power plant in Hamilton Township is perhaps in the works again. That has been confirmed now that original partner in the project, CME North American Merchant Energy, has talked about looking to re-envision the idea and talked about being committed to trying to utilize this &#8220great” site.

This comes hot on the heals of a variety of other announcements and new businesses including Empire Metal Recycling Inc, Tri-America Contractors Inc., several new businesses in the Westview Plaza, Engines Inc. of Ohio, Prestige Delivery Systems Inc, Patriot Emergency Medical Service, American Health Centers, Community Safety and the potential of a Rumpke facility, too.

The Calpine deal may come together and create hundreds of jobs through millions of dollars being invested in the county. Or it may never happen.

Either way, it shows that people are trying to make a difference and trying to make positive things happen. Every attempt is valiant and deserves recognition.

An old basketball expression applies just as well to economic development. &#8220You can't make every shot. But you do miss every shot that you don't take.”