Economic Development Corporation

June 5, 2007


Members Present:


Pete Garwood, Sherry Comben, Robert Peterson, Laura Stanek, and Jerome Simowski, Tom Lane, and Rick Diebold

Members Absent:


Allyn Wright

Staff Present:


Joe Meyers

Others Present:


Jan Kellogg, Sheri Rhoads, and Larry Fox

1.         Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 8:35 a.m. by Rick Diebold.

2.         Review of the May 15, 2007 Minutes


Motion by Pete Garwood, supported by Jerome Simowski, to approve the May 15, 2007 minutes as presented.  Motion carried – unanimous.  

3.          Public Comment



4.         Business Park


Larry Fox, C2AE, presented the 2 options for development of the business park. Discussion ensued over bringing sewer and water to the site.


Jan Kellogg, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), spoke on different funding options to help us with the preliminary steps to start the business park.  Jan recommended that we do a market study because any grants that the County would like to apply for will require a market study to show a need for a business park.


Discussion ensued over hiring a student vs. a professional to do the market study. 


Jan recommended that we apply for a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG), which is a 50/50 grant.  The Committee decided that we should ask the Board of Commissioners for $15,000 in the 2008 budget for grant match.


Discussion ensued over the 2008 budget and the market study.


Motion by Jerome Simowski, supported by Tom Lane, to approve the 2008 budget and recommend Public Works Committee approve it.  Motion carried – unanimous.

5.         Old Business



6.         Communications


Pete indicated that the Northern Lake Economic Alliance is inviting all of the Counties’ BRA’s to a meeting with AKT Peerless on July 16, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at Boyne City, to discuss the Brownfield program.

7.         Public/Member Comment


Discussion ensued over business parks.

Meeting adjourned at 9:50 a.m.