Chamber begins process of separating from EDC

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

“This is all so unsettled,” Magidson said, noting the county has not formally passed along paperwork finalizing the BOCC’s move recent decision on the EDC.

Chamber board members Johanna White and Dewey Blaylock said their heartburn pertained to the provisions in Sellers’ contract with the consolidated Chamber/EDC concerning non-compete and confidentiality clauses.

“The only concern I see is whether the non-disclosure would come back to bite us in the butt,” White said. “I would be hesitant (waiving those provisions) until legal counsel has looked at it and said it was fine.”

Blaylock said waiving those provisions would also have to be reciprocal, in that Sellers must hold the Chamber harmless if the Chamber held Sellers harmless on those provisions.

“Anything I have ever signed, it wasn’t Chamber (business),” Sellers said, saying his focus moving forward will be strictly economic development as Paula Ramsey Pickett slides in as Chamber director.

Magidson, taking the temperature of the Chamber board, said the issue was less releasing Sellers from his contract than ensuring the various provisions covering confidentiality and non-disclosure are addressed to the satisfaction of the Chamber board and Sellers.

“We need to figure out a way to release Barry … so we are not tying his hands,” Magidson said.

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