IDB Discusses Need For Industrial Recruiter

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There aren’t any businesses beating down the door to come to Cannon County, so the next best option might be to hire someone to beat the bushes.

Discussion was held on how to bring business toCannon County at a meeting of the Industrial Development Board Monday.

One of the ideas discussed was to hire an Industrial Recruiter. Because it is unlikely the county can afford to hire a recruiter on its own at the time, a partnership with the Town of Woodbury, the City of Auburntown and the Cannon County Chamber Of Commerce was mentioned.

The Board also talked about partnering with industrial recruiters for surrounding counties. A plan of action will be drawn up by Board member Doug Bodary and presented at the next meeting. 

A new chairman will also be chosen at the next meeting, as one of the Board’s longtime members, Jackie Francis, announced he was resigning his position, effective immediately. The Board meets quarterly and Chairman Francis said recent health issues have caused an inability to be as active as one should be that serves on the board.

It was also noted that per the IDB’s charter, no county commissioner or employee of the county can serve on the Industrial Board. With that being said, Board Member Mark Barker and Board Member Ricky Cope could no longer serve on the Board. Barker is a Cannon County Commissioner while Cope is head of the Cannon County Ambulance Service.

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