SCEDC to fill open board spots in January

By Ashlee Hoos

Dec 19, 2017

ANGOLA —The Steuben County Economic Development Corp. board of directors has two positions to fill at its January annual meeting, which was announced during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at The Enterprise Center, 907 S. Wayne St.

As the board is self-appointing — with the exception of government members — names of parties that current members believe qualify to fill the positions will be given, those persons will be approached and vetted for their qualifications before they can be chosen.

Officer positions will also be filled at the January meeting, and board Secretary Lon Keyes said the board will know in advance who is running for those positions.

However, he also said board members may be nominated on the floor the night of the meeting.

Keyes said he’s also done much of the footwork in approaching potential new board members and vetting them ahead of time. He also invited members to submit names of people that may qualify for positions.

Steuben EDC Director Isaac Lee gave a brief year-in-review presentation at Tuesday’s board meeting and said the five points that were focused on in 2017 were business retention and expansion, attraction, workforce development, The Enterprise Center and community engagement.

As far as retention and expansion, he said there are currently 18 projects in the county, most of which are expansions, and only of two of those projects having a tax abatement.

He said this segment has been a huge allocation of time for him.

He also said 25 students have or will have soon completed certification programs at The Enterprise Center. There are 10 finishing a 25-week program on CNC machining, five finished the 8-week welding course and 10 completed a single day welding course offered at the center.

Lee also told the board at Tuesday’s meeting that state board of accounts audits for 2015 and 2016 were “nothing but stellar.”

He also told the board the state board of accounts has determined they do not have to follow Indiana Open Door Laws as a non-profit entity. The EDC board is not required to submit mandatory audits to the state, which allows them this exemption from open door policy.

Lee said, however, that he enjoys the open meetings and the level of transparency they give and would like to continue in this fashion.

Other members were in agreement with Lee, and the board agreed to continue holding open meetings.