BOCC to bring EDC back under its umbrella

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

Williams said it was fair question and also noted that if the five commissioners were polled on a direction for the EDC, five answers would likely be offered, an issue that ended McNair’s tenure.

Williams also noted that he did not see how the EDC could function on $40,000 it had been provided this year in public funding and wondered about the exact direction of the EDC beyond saying the county was “open for business.”

Smiley said that Sellers did not have a staff to speak of at the EDC and that he was being hamstrung by the lack of support in funding and manpower.

“This guy is doing everything from taking out the garbage to serving as secretary to cleaning up at the end of the day,” Smiley said.

Williams also cautioned that while bringing the EDC under the BOCC control might be a positive, he said the exact structure and scope of services and direction for the EDC would have to be something left to the incoming board to decide.

“I haven’t seen any return,” McLemore said. “I am not going to support throwing money at something we get no results from.”

Williams at one time during the discussion questioned whether Sellers was the man for the job but later acknowledged that he had no idea about the extent of the support system for Sellers and wondered what he could be selling to prospective businesses that would appeal to their bottom line.

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