The Athens Review
The time came for the changing of the guard at the Athens Economic Development Corporation board of directors on Friday at the body’s annual meeting.
The board elected David Holdredge as president for the new fiscal year, with Jess Laird to serve as vice-president. Joe Masso is the new secretary and Tere Lawyer will remain board treasurer.
Outgoing Chairman Robert Gould presided over the beginning of the meeting before passing the reins to Holdredge. He then thanked the board, AEDC President Brian Malone and city officials for their cooperation during his years on the board.
“I think we’ve gone forward, though during that period of time, we lost Cheerleaders, we lost Champion homes and other large things and we’ve replaced them,” Gould said.
Gould said Park Homes was an asset that has been added to the city’s business landscape, as well as new businesses making the move from California to Athens.
“In the past year or so, we’ve added 277 new jobs, plus keeping other things open,” Gould said.
The Partnership Center where the meeting was held Friday is another accomplishment of the past few years.
“It was done at a time when we were fortunate enough to have some grant money and some borrowing power,” Gould said.
The Partnership Center, located on the corner of Corsicana Street and Pinkerton Street, is now home to the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Athens Economical Development, Keep Athens Beautiful, The Tourist Center and the Small Business Development Center.
Holdredge said the board appreciated the service Gould had given the AEDC as a board member and board president. Holdredge presented Gould with a gavel as a remembrance of the years Gould spent presiding over AEDC meetings.
“As we can all see, you’ve been involved in a lot over the last seven or eight years and obviously before that on the city council,”Holdredge said. “You’re commitment to this board is appreciated and you’ll be very much missed.”
The board followed the annual meeting with the regular meeting for October. The board agreed to make a $24,000 payment to Ag Power for capital investments made by the company in expanding its business at its new location on Loop 7. If certain criteria are met the AEDC will issue another payment $24,000 in nine months and a final payment nine months after that.
Ag Power is moving from its location on Rocky Ridge Road to a site at the intersection of Loop 7 and Farm-to Market Road 1616.