February 8, 2006
TJPED is designed to bring public institutions together with private business, all in an effort to promote job growth and business development in the area.
After years of declining this invitation, Albemarle County voted 4 to 2 in favor of joining the organization. Several of the Supervisors who voted for the membership say it will promote job growth in an area, including improving wages for the working poor. Members of the community whop spoke out against the idea, say it will simply encourage growth in an already over grown area.
"It will exacerbate all of the growth problems we already got. What we should be doing is slowing growth not increasing growth. The growth problems clearly have an impact the quality of life in our community," said Jack Marshall.
Anti-growth groups like the Advocates for Sustainable Albemarle Population say more business will bring more residents and more infrastructure issues.
On top of growth problems, many people said the $12,000 membership fee could be better spent elsewhere.