EDA headed back under county umbrella

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

The BOCC suspended its quarterly payments to the EDA in the amount of $20,000 in January.

Bryan said she understood the bumps encountered after Sellers’ illness and departure, but argued the BOCC should be seeking to bolster an independent agency for economic development rather than putting the work under the county.

“Businesses will be hesitant to deal with the county,” Bryan said. “I am against the county being in control of the EDA. I am against the director being a county employee.”

She said the county had a stake in creating jobs, justifying funding the agency, but said that funding should be aimed at putting the EDA in a position to be self-sustaining as a private/public partnership.

Bryan also expressed concern about the Sunshine Law and potential impacts on confidentiality requirements that would be part of luring businesses to the county if those acting as point of contact were county employees.

Commissioner Warren Yeager said he would wait and see.

“I understand all the concerns, but we have to find out what kind of model they are bringing to us,” Yeager said. “When a company wants to come to Gulf County it will come to Gulf County.”

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