Saturday, June 08, 2013

Moving the chips of economic development in Haywood

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An exploratory committee of Haywood County business leaders will examine in the coming months whether to reshuffle the county’s economic development arm for the second time in a decade.

Traction is building to move the Haywood County Economic Development Commission under the auspices of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. Both are separate entities now — the chamber is run by private business leaders and the economic development commission is run by county government.

But both presumably have a similar goal: to improve commerce, bolster the economy and grow jobs.

The task force will examine whether those goals would be better served if the county’s economic development commission was brought into the chamber of commerce’s fold. 

The county would continue to fund economic development efforts, but they would be carried out in closer concert with the chamber on a day-to-day basis. The possible configurations run the gamut from simply sharing the same office building to the chamber directing economic development activities. More here.

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