Economic development officials work toward strategic plan


Economic development officials work toward strategic plan

WATERTOWN — Economic development officials Thursday resolved to create a strategic plan for their organization to ensure that their actions coincide with their goals.Richard A. Duvall, a member of the Jefferson County Local Development Corp. board of directors, introduced the suggestion after his fellow board members discussed ways to improve their marketing strategies and communication with agency employees.Mr. Duvall, who also serves as CEO of Carthage Area Hospital, said the board should analyze the strengths and weaknesses of its organization and the local economy. From there, the corporation can tackle its flaws and create objectives that will direct its decisions. “What is our vision?” Mr. Duvall said. “I don’t think we’ve defined what that vision is (for our staff) to follow.” A few board members stressed the importance of improving the dialogue among each other and JCLDC staff.Paul J. Warneck said he felt the organization’s CEO, Donald C. Alexander, should disseminate, to a subcommittee, information he felt wasn’t ready for the full board to discuss during its public meetings. The extra line of communication, Mr. Warneck said, would ensure that the board remained informed before making decisions on certain actions. The board’s guidance for Mr. Alexander and other staff members should improve once it creates a strategic plan, Mr. Duvall said. “If we have not done that, I don’t see how we can hold (staff) accountable,” he said. The board also discussed how its actions could further promote the services and opportunities the county provides. John H. Jennings said the board should determine the needs of businesses within a 150-mile radius and how the county could meet their demands. Mr. Alexander said the agency should consider the history of the local economy and how it changed over time. W. Edward Waldroff and Mr. Duvall said the board’s actions should also support the Development Authority of the North Country’s goals to help improve the regional economy.“I think this county would have something else nobody else does,” Mr. Duvall said.The discussion followed a meeting of the JCLDC’s sister organization, the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, during which it adopted a new version of the Uniform Tax Exemption Policy. “That’s some progress,” Mr. Warneck said.
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Economic development officials work toward strategic plan

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