BOCC affirms new EDA board

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:36 AM.

Another step forward for economic development in Gulf County.

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday affirmed the five-member board that will comprise the new Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc., which will spearhead economic development for at least the next 18 months.

Despite a dispute over what commissioners approved at their last meeting, the BOCC approved Jerry Gaskin, Loretta Costin, Anna Duren, Steve Newman and Guerry Magidson as the EDA board and motioned to move ahead with an agreement between the county and EDA.

Two weeks ago, the county approved moving the Economic Development Council out from under its umbrella and charged Magidson, the outgoing president of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce board, with creating a new EDC board.

The EDA director, commissioners approved then, would be EDC director Barry Sellers, who originally arrived to lead a consolidated Chamber/EDC but was left in limbo after the BOCC voted late last year to move the EDC under its umbrella.

Magidson said he had talked with a number of folks in the community, some of whom said they would not serve on the board, and identified five people he said brought the requisite skills and passion to the effort to bring jobs to the county.

Paperwork for incorporation was filed last week and the EDA will operate as a non-profit, he said.

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