The Benzie County Board of Commissioners last week unanimously approved a contract with the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corp. to create an economic development strategic plan to generate more business activity within the county.
“They have a sense of urgency and seriousness to this that is really refreshing,” said Rob Richardson, a consultant to the TBEDC who will head up the plan’s development. “They’re keenly interested in doing this and getting it right.”
Richardson said county officials will work on coming up with three major goals for the economic development strategy, which he describes as “the big rocks” of the project. “They’ll see and determine what that is,” he said.
The county board will also appoint an advisory Project Task Force to identify specific tactics that can be undertaken to achieve the goals of the plan. The TBEDC will conduct interviews with several elected and appointed officials and key stakeholders identified by the Task Force, and conduct a workshop to generate additional ideas and discussion.
Benzie County will pay half of the $20,000 project cost. The TBEDC will secure the other $10,000, including a $5,000 grant that’s been approved by Rotary Charities.
Follow the Chamber Bulletin for updates on this effort over the next several months. To learn more about the activities and services of the Traverse Bay EDC, click here.