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He's leaving the EDC position,
but don't let that fool you

An exit interview with Jeff Mayfield     Send a link to a friend

[JAN. 17, 2004]  Jeff Mayfield will no longer be occupying the office above Union Planters Bank, nor will he be carrying the title of Logan County economic development director. But despite these things he wants people to know that he is not "quitting."

When Mayfield became the director of the EDC (a subcommittee of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce) the agreement was for one year only. "My year is coming to an end," he said.

His position with the community was a unique partnership wherein he was able to work half-time for economic development and half-time for his primary employer, Lincoln Christian College. However, Mayfield says he has found that he is unable to do either job well on a part-time basis. Therefore, he has elected to step out of the EDC position.

He will again dedicate his time and performance to the college, where he has worked for 15 years as the director of partnership in the fund-raising department, soliciting and maintaining relationships between the college and donors.

In his opinion, "The position as director for the Economic Development Committee needs to have a full-time person. That is being considered at this time," he said.

Mayfield feels that his abilities in salesmanship and relationships, as well as his fund-raising skills, served him well in the year he has worked with the city and the county. He says they have begun to make some changes, and he hopes the city and county are able to continue to grow. "We only have begun to scratch the surface of what needs to be done," he said.

The goal of the county's economic development division is to attract new jobs and businesses and strengthen existing businesses in the county. Although there seem to be some initial successes with new stores coming to Lincoln and Mount Pulaski and industry coming to other towns, Mayfield said the "jury is still out" in regard to how successful they have been so far in reaching those goals.

 

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He stressed that there have been some successes, some victories and expressed appreciation to EDC, the chamber of commerce, Mayor Beth Davis, and the city and county boards. It is their teamwork that brought about some of the changes and the hope that we see in Lincoln at this time.

Mayfield also wanted to thank business leaders, civic leaders and residents who have volunteered time and effort to stop the economic decline of Lincoln and Logan County from going any further than it already has.

In a letter to the chamber of commerce, Mayfield wrote, "We packed a lot into one year, and I have learned so much… . I met a lot of wonderful people. Overall, it made me proud to be a resident of Lincoln and Logan County."

Although Jeff Mayfield will no longer be the director, he has offered to work in a limited capacity in an advisory, consultation role for an indefinite period. He stressed that he is not giving up on Lincoln, and he is not quitting. His year of service is up and it is time to rethink the position. There is simply too much work for a part-time director, and he is stepping aside to let someone else take over. He said details are still being worked out regarding the position and his advisory role.

Mayfield hopes that the new businesses and jobs which he has worked to help bring to Lincoln and Logan County in the near future will help to expand the confidence of the residents and leaders in our community.

He also expressed appreciation for the media's efforts in keeping the public aware of the progress and efforts being made.

"To summarize," Mayfield stated, "Overall it has been a good experience. I've met a lot of wonderful people. I learned a lot. I would like to thank the residents of Logan County for their support of me and the EDC over the last year."

[Ruth Halpin]

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