BOCC to bring EDC back under its umbrella

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM.

The Gulf County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to bring the Economic Development Council back under the umbrella of the BOCC.

With Commissioner Warren Yeager absent, the board followed the lead of Commissioner Carmen McLemore who requested the board reassume direct control of the EDC.

The current operational model the EDC – created when commissioners raised some of the same issues two years ago – is a consolidation with the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce that Yeager, as chairman in 2011, helped push to fruition.

That model included a nationwide search for a new director, Barry Seller, who relocated from Arkansas, as well as a new board that essentially started from scratch.

 “We’ve done some movement (over the past five years) but not enough,” McLemore said. “I remember when the county had (the EDC). Alan McNair was the director and he had movement and I haven’t seen that from this director.”

Commissioners Ward McDaniel and Bill Williams, in his final meeting on the BOCC, both agreed.

“I for one don’t know what we have,” McDaniel said. “We have to know where the money is going and we can get more bang for the buck.

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