The Gadsden County Development Council (GCDC) Inc. will now provide the county’s economic development services.
The Gadsden County Chamber of Commmerce has been under contract for the past several years as the economic development arm of the county.
That contract ran out on September 30 and the board discussed reviewing other options during recent workshops.
Both the Chamber and GCDC came before the commission last week vying to head economic development for the county.
During his presentation, Dr. Henry Grant, who is the secretary for the GCDC, said it would take about 120 days if the board chose the GCDC to get up and running.
He explained that the GCDC had been established in 2000 by the then-sitting county commission to implement the county’s economic development strategic plan. It is a 501c (3) non-profit organization.
Grant was asked by commissioner Gene Morgan why the GCDC had just now decided to get involved in economic development.
Grant responded that although the GCDC had been around for the past 13 years, the commission had never funded the
organization. Its role had been as an advisory board, originally developing the county’s economic development strategic plan and then updating it in 2005.
There are 19 members on the GCDC: the Gadsden County Extension director, the managers from each of the six Gadsden County municipalities, the county administrator, the Chamber of Commerce director, a representative from Work Force Plus, a law enforcement representative, a school board representative, a healthcare representative, a business representative, a financial institution representative, a Tourist Development Council representative, a Tallahassee Community College representative, a Talquin Electric Cooperative representative and a faith-based representative.
In the Chamber’s presentation, president Jack Peacock spoke about the jobs that his organization had created since becoming the county’s economic arm.
He asked the commissioners for their continued contribution.
Peacock added that the Chamber would not need any upstart time to continue economic development.
The commission approved funding GCDC $100,000 in a 4-1 vote with Morgan voting against the motion.