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January 16, 2014

Let the remodel begin

Chandler Brookshire's moves ahead after council approval

Athens — Proposed changes to the Athens Economic Development Corporation bylaws have won approval from Athens City Council. This is the first time the bylaws have been amended since the AEDC was created in 1989.

AEDC President Brian Malone said at the Athens City Council meeting on Monday, most of the changes are clean-up, but one major difference is to increase the number of non-Athens residents who can serve on the board of directors.

The AEDC can now select three members from outside Athens to serve on the corporation, up from the previous limit of two. The reason for the change is to allow the AEDC to draw from the pool of individuals who are leaders in Athens business, but reside just outside the city limits.

The board of directors consists of seven members who are appointed to 2-year terms, up to a maximum of three terms. To be eligible, the bylaws state that the board member must have senior-level policymaking experience and knowledge and experience with finance and budgets. The member must also have demonstrated a commitment to Athens and must be a resident of Henderson County.

The AEDC was created to bolster the city’s economic growth, by assisting companies with infrastructure, relocation, training and other needs. The AEDC is funded by a one-half-cent sales tax.

The council also approved a new member to the board. Carmen Hunt, an Athens resident, was chosen to serve the remainder of the term of Tere Lawyer, who resigned from the board. The unexpired term runs through Sept. 30.

At the Jan. 14 AEDC meeting, board President David Holdredge said a committee of three board members reviewed several candidates before choosing Hunt.

Current directors include President David Holdredge, Vice President Jess Laird, Secretary Joe Masso, Treasurer Maurice Cox, Director Kelly Smith and Director Cliff Barrett.    

Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and City Manager Pam Burton sit in on AEDC meetings as Ex-Offcio members.

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