BOCC tables EDA payment

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 09:32 AM.

In a meeting during which county commissioner sought to establish a new tone, they also took a familiar step.

Commissioners removed from the consent agenda and tabled action on the second quarter invoice submitted by the Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc.

The request was straightforward, seeking the $20,000 payment pledged to the EDA for the second quarter of the fiscal year.

But commissioners sought clarity on the status of the EDA and how the money would be spent.

“We need to see plan of action,” said Commissioner Carmen McLemore, who motioned to set the request aside for future action. “How are they spending the money? They have not kept up with contract.”

The EDA, including an all-volunteer board, took shape just over a year ago after the BOCC had taken back under its wing the prior manifestation of the agency, the Economic Development Council.

After the EDA was formed, the BOCC entered a contract which will expire this year, fulfilling a five-year funding pledge commissioners had made to the EDC in its most current form, which was operationally under a consolidated model linking the EDC and Chamber of Commerce.

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