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05/02/2017

THE MARTIN COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ON TUESDAY APPROVED THE 2016 ANNUAL REPORT OF ALL THE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE AUTHORITY. A SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES AND CLIENT RESULTS FOR THE YEAR SHOWED 40 ENTREPRENEURS CONSULTED; 400 CONSULTING HOURS; 85 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HOURS AND 17 NEW BUSINESSES CREATED, STABILIZED OR EXPANDED.

KEY OBJECTIVES OF THE AUTHORITY ARE TO START, STABILIZE AND GROW BUSINESSES; RETAIN AND CREATE JOBS; INCREASE TAX REVENUES AND CREATE A WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT FOR INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE MARTIN COUNTY E D A HAS A VERY FOCUSED STRATEGIC PLAN SET FOR 2017 ACCORDING TO THE REPORT. THEY HAVE FULL INTENTIONS OF MAXIMIZING THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE IGNITE BUSINESS FACILITATION PROGRAM. MOST ENERGIES WILL BE SPENT TOWARD ASSISTING ENTREPRENEURS AND HELPING SMALL BUSINESS PROSPER IN MARTIN COUNTY. THE ANNUAL REPORT WILL GO BEFORE THE FULL MARTIN COUNTY BOARD AT THEIR MEETING TODAY.

STEVE HAWKINS OF PROJECT 1590 AND DIANE BETTIN REPRESENTING THE MARTIN COUNTY PORK PRODUCERS APPROACHED THE E D A WITH A MARTIN COUNTY BRANDING IDEA THAT THEY WERE SEEKING SUPPORT FOR AND POSSIBLE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BOARD. THEY STATED THE INITIATIVE IS IN THE EARLY STAGES AND HOPE FOR AN UNVEILING SOME TIME THIS SUMMER. CHRIS PIERCE, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD, WAS SUPPORTIVE OF THE PROPOSAL AND SAID THE BOARD WOULD HAVE AN IDEA AS FAR AS THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE PROJECT AT THEIR NEXT MEETING.


ROD HALVORSEN
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