The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners and the county’s six municipal managers want to join together to promote the economic development of their respective jurisdictions in the belief that working together in a coalition with regard to economic development will increase the likelihood of economic wellness for all.
The resolution will serve as the blueprint for the partnership and collaboration, states a staff report. It is similar to an Apalachee Regional Planning Council plan and establishes important goals to be pursued that are vital to the economy of Gadsden County in jobs creation, education, innovation and economic development, infrastructure, business climate, civic governance, and the quality of life.
A great deal of competition occurs within around 50,000 national organizations vying for 500 major relocation of industries or start-up companies, making it difficult for small, rural areas to compete at the top playing fields, states the staff report.
The resolution was approved by the Quincy commission Tuesday evening.
Three Quincy young men approached the board Tuesday to report on their summer work experiences as part of the Quincy Youth Summer Job Program.
Renardo Williams, Knute Bruner, and Kennith Smith, Jr. spoke at the commission meeting last night, saying the job meant a lot of hard work, but it was a good day’s pay for that work, and a lot of fun. “It was a wonderful experience,” said one.
The city heard from Steven Slade, the Police Benevolent Association’s representative, who is once again claiming unfair labor practices by the city. “I’ve been doing this work for more than 20 years, and have never had a city manager who refused to negotiate,” said Slade.
Mayor Keith Dowdell said the city is in the process of getting an interim attorney on board very soon and that Slade should be hearing something from the city at that time.
A very angry Regina Davis addressed the board about competing concerts being planned. Davis, the director of the Big Bend Community Development Corporation, said her organization recently expanded into Quincy to provide free food and clothing to the needy in the city. The group is planning a benefit concert with Nat Adderley, Jr. and a concert that includes American Idol winner Fantasia is getting funding help from Quincy’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) but not the Adderley concert.
“I’m (ticked)! I tried to get money from the CRA, but they said they didn’t have it. We wanted a reception (for Adderley) at a city-owned building for someone who is renowned and mentions Quincy (where he was born) every day,” said Davis.
The city later in the meeting agreed unanimously to put on the next agenda a proposed underwriting of up to $500.00 for an Adderley reception.
The city discussed abandoned, dilapidated and dangerous structures at the meeting. There are some 30 such structures throughout the city, nine of which Bernard Piawah, director of the city’s building and planning department has requested to demolish. After a discussion about city finances at this time, versus looking at the issue in the new budget year after October 1st, the commission voted unanimously to table the subject.
The board gave approval to city manager Jack McLean to go forward with an application for new bleachers at Corry Field. A similar grant application for a press box at the field was also tabled until more details can be obtained.
Police Chief Walt McNeil informed the commissioners that there has been an uptick in residential burglaries, coming shortly after 18 people were released from area prisons in the last month. “We have stepped up our resources with high-visibility patrols. We’re trying to use our resources to get them out of our community,” said McNeil.