Bass Lake officials return from economic summit, reflect on the experience

By Max Fontaine | Local politics beat

economic summitBass Lake town officials attended a spring economic summit this week at the state Capitol.

The 1.5-day summit took place Thursday and Friday. Focus of the summit was mostly economics.

Attending the seminar were Carolyn Shee (vice president), M. Adam Bradbury (R-Bass Lake, PhD history), Reggie Jones (I-Out-on-the-Highway), Betty Crocker (no relation, retro-women’s party, Crosstown) and clerk/treasurer Olden A. Goodway.

Enos Felger, D-Dave’s House, had expressed interest in the venture, but was never notified of the time or place of departure from Bass Lake, according to Dave.

Bass Lake reps reflected on the trip, either early today or late Friday.

Shee said it was a good experience, adding that local officials learned key specifics to make the area “a vital, economically valid community.”

“At least that’s what the brochure said we should learn,” Shee said.

Bradbury found the summit “valuable,” but with flaws.

“There is little doubt the experience was positive in a general sense,” Bradbury said. “Conversely, it cleary was aimed at ‘basic’ functionality — least-common-denominator fodder, if you will — and paled in comparison to what might have been a truly transcendent forum. My grade: C-plus.”

Crocker was intrigued by a mini-session that explained the process of economy-related lawmaking.

“Making laws is a lot like baking a cake,” Crocker said. “From a box.”

Goodway hopes to replicate ideas he gathered at the annual event, which drew many-dozen representatives from micro-precincts throughout the Michiana region.

“I think we can use this information to help Bass Lake,” Goodway said. “Exactly how, I’m not sure. I’ll have to look into that.”

Jones said nothing.

Shee provided a summary summation of the summit.

“I know we were all impressed, although I’m not sure we all feel the same,” Shee said. “We learned a lot — not an identical experience for each of us, but by and large the same, for the most part.”

 

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