BOCC affirms new EDA board

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

Sellers will be released from his Chamber/EDC contract to sign a contract with the new EDA pending legal review.

“I think (Magidson) has done a great job of moving quickly and he put a great, talented board in place,” said Commissioner Joanna Bryan. “I’m excited about the future.”

There was dissent from Commissioner Carmen McLemore about whether Magidson was tasked with selecting the board and Commission chair Tan Smiley said he would like to see each of the county’s five districts represented on the board.

“The vote was not to give this man the power to appoint this board,” McLemore said, saying as the BOCC puts in $80,000 in funding, it should have the say over EDA board members.

Bryan said she had reviewed the tape of the last meeting and her motion and said it clearly stated Magidson was charged with forming the EDA board.

That motion passed 3-2 with McLemore and Commissioner Warren Yeager dissenting.

Bryan said Magidson had brought together people who know the community, have passion for economic development and have the skill set needed.

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