BOCC to workshop future of EDC

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

He said he had done what he was charged with doing, expanding the Chamber’s reach to the north end of the county, luring in private partners, but had nonetheless seen his promised budget cut.

“I am here to work for you,” Sellers said, noting that six full-time employees manned the Chamber, EDC and Port Authority several years ago while Sellers has just one position currently.

Bryan said that the members of the BOCC had not always been fully supportive of various incarnations of the EDC and that many of the volunteers who work with the EDC and Chamber sense hostility when bringing issues to the board.

“We have people working as volunteers and they have been abused at the podium,” Bryan said. “It is shameful.”

She also noted that given a down economy and an election year, expecting much to happen in the brief time the current model of the EDC has been operational, results should not have been expected quickly.

“We haven’t given them much time to get things going,” Bryan said. “We need to be good stewards of the taxpayer money, I get that, but we also need to stick to our word.”

Smiley said the key was to set aside the personal agendas at play and get to work on jobs.

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