BOCC to workshop future of EDC

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:57 AM.

Novak said all parties agreed that a public workshop was necessary to hash out issues concerning the EDC and public input regarding its direction.

McLemore, who made the original motion to move the EDC back under the BOCC, said he was “solid” on his decision, but open to further examination.

He said he could not support putting money into the EDC without any tangible results to show for it. He also cited the lack of information.

McDaniel noted that at least the BOCC had gotten the attention of the Chamber/EDC with its vote of several weeks ago.

“We are going to go back and revisit this,” McDaniel said. “We got the attention. We need guidelines. All we get is give us the money and don’t ask.”

EDC director Barry Sellers later said that he had been providing monthly updates for his first nine months before actions by Williams, including removing Sellers from the county RESTORE Act committee, indicated his input was no longer welcome.

He acknowledged communications could be better, but that progress had been made, with as many as 26 site visits from companies seeking to potentially relocated to Gulf County.

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