Gov. Neil Abercrombie, speaking on Wednesday to a Hawaii Business luncheon in Waikiki, said the Public Land Development Corp. should move forward.
The governor said the corporation has the opportunity to be the catalyst for partnerships with the private sector to develop public land, particularly land held by the state Department of Education. He said such partnerships could be used to modernize public schools as well as to establish workforce housing and commercial development.
Abercrombie also had a few words for the critics who want to repeal the PLDC as a threat to public land and the environment:
Pay no attention to the usual suspects that appear at meetings to vilify my directors and to diminish and try to demoralize people at this time as to what might be taking place.