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Without county ties, EDC convenes

The economic commission is waiting until June to make restructuring decisions.

By SAUNDRA AMRHEIN

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 18, 2001


In its first meeting since its ties with county government were severed, the Hernando County Economic Development Commission did little, other than agreeing to forward all of its calls to a phone number set up by Hernando County Administrator Paul McIntosh.

In a letter to McIntosh issued after the meeting, EDC member Len Tria also informed McIntosh that the agency's e-mail will be forwarded first to Tria, then to an e-mail address designated by McIntosh, if the mail includes a new-business inquiry.

The county's stormy relationship with the EDC formally ended earlier this month when the contract between the two expired. But EDC records have not yet been turned over to McIntosh, pending the outcome of an audit.

Robert Buckner, EDC vice president, said members decided to put off restructuring the agency with new officers or members until a meeting during the third week of June. The reason, he said, was the absence of some members Thursday because of scheduling conflicts.

EDC officials have said they plan to continue operating in some capacity until the end of the year while the county determines the direction of future economic development efforts.

The University of Florida is expected to release a study about the issue later this summer. Buckner said no one works out of the EDC offices anymore except for board members who stop in when they have time to answer calls and mail.

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