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City Searches For Economic Developer

By Staff | Jul 23, 2015

Emmetsburg has begun the search for an Economic Developer. Members of the City’s Finance, Ordinance and Personnel Committee met with the Economic Developer Task Force and Emmetsburg Municipal Utili- ties Personnel Committee earlier this month.

Councilman Brian Campbell, chair of the City’s Finance, Ordinance and Personnel Committee, reported to the City Council at their meeting Monday, July 13.

“The Task Force has met several times, discussing the new position,” said Campbell. “One of the concensus they came to, it should be a full time position as opposed to part time, with other responsibilities within the city.”

Campbell said the Task Force asked for direction from the City Council regarding advertising for the position.

“They (Task Force) had done some research into other communities our size and salary ranges were from $36,000 to $45,000,” Campbell said. “We may not be able to get a person with a lot of experience in that price range. We may be able to get someone who is new and eager.”

Campbell added, “They thought that the person should be responsible to the City Administrator and the City Council as opposed to other groups, such as the Chamber, realizing that all those people are going to be key players in the position and the success of that person.”

Campbell reported, “We had quite a bit of discussion, particularly about the pay.”

He pointed out that Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities previously contributed $15,000 toward the salary of an economic developer.

“We talked about advertising,” he said. “It was decided to move into the technology age. We are going to use Facebook through the Chamber and we’ll approach the FUEL group about posting on their Facebook page. We’ll get coverage that way, plus other possibilities.”

The group also discussed where the office for economic developer would be located.

“There are a lot of options for housing, nothing definite on that, where the office space would be,” Campbell said.

“We had a motion to recommend to the full council for a full time economic developer position, with the wage of $36,000 to $45,000, and with a request for Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities to contribute $30,000 to the position,” Campbell said, noting that the benefit package would be on top of that.

Campbell put that motion before the full City Council and all voted aye.

The request for Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities to contribute $30,000 to the position will go before the EMU board at their meeting next week.

Members of the Economic Developer Task Force attending the July 8 meeting were Chamber of Commerce representative Deb Hite, Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation representative Desi- ree Einsweiler and City Administrator John Bird; EMU?Personnel Committee member Paul Saxton; members of the City’s Finance, Ordinance and Personnel Committee Brian Campbell, Bill Burdick Jr., Corey Gram-owski and Brian Malm.

Now the search begins for a motivated, organized, self-starter to foster economic development activity in and around Emmetsburg and to promote Emmetsburg to potential new businesses and industry.