Piedmont Triad Partnership has smaller tepee

by Jim Longworth

The Piedmont Triad Partnership has just scaled down its board of directors from 57 members to 18.

Normally, that would be a good thing. After all, too many cooks can spoil the broth.

But the new alignment creates a rotating membership among municipal officials who have always been permanent. PTP is supposed to facilitate economic development in a 12-county region but, under the new plan, those counties will only have board representation every fourth year.

In the meantime, giants like Guilford and Forsyth will continue to get the lion’s share of new industry, tourism and filmmaking, leaving smaller counties to wonder what might have been if they had remained in the inner circle.

Regionalism is great, but only if all regions are represented all the time.

You don’t have to have 57 directors, but you should at least have all 12 counties officially represented at every meeting.

PTP’s Don Kirkman says this new system will be much better than the old one, but to my way of thinking, it’s like someone asking you to vacate your box seat because the view is better from the rafters.

Jim Longworth is host of ‘“Triad Today’” which can be seen Friday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on ABC 45 (cable channel 7), and Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on UPN 48 (cable channel 14).