BOCC formally takes back economic development

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 09:50 AM.

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday again formally assumed the point on economic development in the county.

At the recommendation of the board of the Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc. as well as the BOCC appointed EDA advisory committee, the BOCC is back in charge of economic development under a model that has yet to be crafted.

County staff, with input from the EDA board and advisory committee will come back to the BOCC with recommendations on the model.

According to county attorney Jeremy Novak, the board and advisory committee examined several models, with a five-, seven- or nine-member advisory board and a county employee, hired by county administrator Don Butler, to serve as executive director.

Tuesday’s move put an end to the most recent configuration for a county agency addressing economic development.

The EDA was formed just over a year ago after the BOCC had taken back control of economic development during the fall of 2012.

The new model will be the third under which economic development has been handled in the past three years. This is the sixth time since 2002 that the model for economic development has been changed by the BOCC.

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