The Norton City/County Economic Development board met at 5:45 on May 8, 2018. The meeting was called to order by Jerry Jones, Chairman. Members present included Wally Burton, Mark Dewees, Curtis Eveleigh, John Griffiths, Aaron Hale, and Gayle James. Absent were Tom Brannan, Brad Hopkins, Amber Nuttycomb and Dick Thompson. Also present were Mike Posson, Executive Director and Verla Grysch, Administrator Coordinator.
Mike Posson welcomed new board member John Griffiths.
Aaron Hale moved and Wally Burton seconded a motion to approve the April meeting minutes. Motion carried 7-0
The Board discussed the following agenda items: A promotional billboard sign for the East Development Site is ready to be installed, Dig Safe has been contacted to locate lines before the sign is installed. A new wrap for the Opportunities Await billboard on East entrance to City of Norton was ordered and has been installed by the vendor. A reminder was provided regarding the upcoming County-Wide Strategic Doing work session planned for May 16, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.
An informal survey was conducted to determine an estimate of the availability of rental housing in Norton. A dramatic recent decrease in available rental housing impacts our employers’ ability to recruit and fill open positions and the Director would like to form a sub-committee of board members to brainstorm ideas to address this situation. Curtis Eveleigh, John Griffith and Aaron Hale will serve on this sub-committee with the Director.
NCCED recently joined several economic development organizations and resource partners to discuss the Rural Opportunity Zone program and how it might be enhanced to provide more impact for regional rural employers to recruit and bring people in to fill vacant positions.
In his director report, Posson also reported he has been in contact with the President of Colby Community College to set up a meeting, after this semester ends, to discuss ways NCCED can help support the Norton Campus programs. The 2019 budget is due July 1st and he will have the budget proposal ready for the June meeting. Garrett’s Plumbing, Heating and Electric Company will celebrate 100 years in business on June 1 and Posson urged all board members to stop by. NCCED’s consultants, John Pinegar and Doug Smith, will attend the June 5th board meeting to give the legislative update.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 with a motion from Curtis Eveleigh and a second from Aaron Hale.