A community can operate with good intentions and good solutions. However, a community thrives and grows when it problem solves for the bestsolution. Greenville struggles with settling for okay. Okay is easy. Okay is quick. But it is short-sighted and temporary.
I want to challenge Greenville's leaders to start fighting for the best. Let there be critique and constructive dissection of every idea in order to arrive at the best. Brainstorm okay away. Bring a variety of thinkers to the table. This variety will provide us with the multi-dimensional perspective that is necessary for leaving no consideration un-considered.
Here is a real-life example:
Greenville's Downtown Task Force met with an entrepreneur looking to set up shop in Greenville. This man is in the Green Energy business and is interested in setting up solar panels in the area. The vacant Trinity plot was of particular interest as a possible site for generating this solar energy. Sounds good right? Green Energy is a popular right now... why not?
Let's dissect this just a little bit to see if this just a good solution, or the best.
Location Location Location: Now, I am not sure if this entrepreneur is a resident or a local, but my immediate concern how much energy can be created from solar panels in a geographic anomaly that only receives 65 days of maximum sunlight in a year. Now, I would hope that this entrepreneur has factored this into his business plan. Will he be able to create competitively priced energy if the panels are not the most effective because of our gloomy and cloud situation? Should be cover the Trinity site with under-used solar panels
Maximum Jobs Impact: Everyone agrees that Greenville needs jobs. Our economic footing has a huge impact on our overall disposition and a robust and healthy local job market has a huge impact on our economic footing. I can't imagine there being very many sustainable jobs created, especially for the limited space the Trinity site would allow. Yes, there are many jobs involved in the whole process. From the engineering to the manufacturing, a solar panel will employ a great deal. However, the long-lasting plant operations will provide very few. Although 3 jobs are better than 0, consider the last critique.
Space: Greenville is limited when it comes to development. There is only so much that falls within the boroughs defined territory. The Trinity site occupies a considerable portion of underdeveloped or unused space. When maximizing the economics, Greenville and it's residents benefit greatly when maximizing the number of jobs per square foot, yard, mile.
It doesn't seem like the best use of the space when considering three basic factors: The Photovoltaic Solar Resource of our geographic location, the number of jobs created, the number of possible jobs created for the space occupied.
ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION:
The new hyphenated word is Mixed-Use and it is here to stay. When you have limited resources, including land, a multi-purposing approach can maximize impact.
Imagine the space configured to fit 20-25 micro-manufacturing hubs, each with the capability of employing 5 skilled laborers each. Not to mention a facilities crew that would be employed for site maintenance.
Now imagine topping each of these hubs with solar panels. Will you be able to fill out the same square footage with solar panels? No. Can you still utilize the space to produce Green Energy? Sure. (Although the photovoltaic resource factors more greatly in answering this questions than the quantity of solar panels.)
Is this the solution? I don't know... but we are on our way to better and then, the best.
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