Lp, if a guy falls during a mountain climb and is left alone to die because his arm is wedged between two rocks and there's no way to free it - so he chooses to survive by cutting off his arm and climbing down the mountain - do you say "that man cut off his own arm." Of course not, it's ridiculous to say that, call it factual, and think you've been honest with what occurred. Without the rest of the "facts," you imply the guy is a maniacal self-mutilator instead of a survivor who did what was required to save his own life. Rocky Mount and Franklin County are unlike Martinsville. They're a bit flush with the influx of Smith Mountain Lake aficionados. They chose to invest the money in a venue to improve the financial prospects of the local businesses and attract more. Given their purpose, they have been very successful. A small example is your Cook Out restaurant that still hasn't opened in Martinsville, but is serving up orders by the thousands in Rocky Mount. If you're still "not quite sure what's ridiculous" about your post, I'm at my end trying to explain it.
I never suggested Martinsville fund a version of The Harvest here. I was pointing out this region is capable of attracting sell-out crowds with sell-out entertainers with solid ticket prices and indoor plumbing.
As you say your "point throughout this post is there is a lot of stuff here that people aren't utilizing or aren't even aware that is available" when the thread topic says "What Type of Events Would you Like to See in M&HC." I'm pointing out what I would like to see and giving an example of it working just across the county line. A combination of some Henry County "private 'non-profit'" entrepreneurship along with a first-class Uptown venue is not beyond our abilities, but the short-sightedness of the Harvest Foundation reneging on their promise and all the negativity created by equally short-minded people discourage anyone from "putting ideas out and spit balling them around." So continue making your point and by all means promote what we have. Like I said earlier, apparently, we already have all we want.
Bill gets it. He says it better than I can (which is why he's in radio/public speaking and I'm not.) Honestly, I believe people think they're still living in the 50's/60's. They watch an episode of Andy Griffith and think, "That's how I want Martinsville to always be. I want it to be like the Andy Griffith Show! Small hometown where everybody knows everybody." Well, that may have been OK back then, but that is not OK now. That era of life is long over. To survive, you have to think innovation, outside of the box, evolve and move forward. I get the feeling that that mentality is not present in economic development in Martinsville. "But Skinsguy, the money has to be there!" Yes, I know. Tell me, how many business, successful businesses, start off with every single penny they need to succeed? Almost none of them. In fact, many people with great ideas shop those ideas for investors who believe in them. Now, it's certainly up to that business man or woman to make it happen, but somebody at some point is waiting to invest in a new area and a great idea. If I was a multimillionaire, I would most definitely invest in that area, regardless where in the world I lived. Because, it's my hometown, and I want to see it revitalized.
People seem to have this idea that economic recovery is a long process that takes lifetimes to accomplish. It doesn't have to be that way. Personally, I love the idea of the Civic Center, because you NEED out of town money coming into the area. There's not enough living within the area to help support the venture, so the money has to be found outside of the area. You build a nice Civic Center and bring in acts that will pack the house out each and every time it's booked, and that's eventually going to turn into success for the area. You then have a venue the will help support businesses around it, which means it needs to be built where other businesses can move in around it and draw from its success. Honestly, it's like trying to tell a nerdy high school guy that if he doesn't get up enough nerve to go to that girl he has a crush on and ask her out, he's never going to get a date. There's nothing wrong with him at all, has a lot going for him, but he has no confidence. I often wonder if the powers that be actually have enough confidence in themselves to take a chance on some of these ideas and make it work?