County learns more on regional CEDS participation
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[September 27, 2013]
The Executive and Economic
Development Committee of the Logan County Board met on Sept. 16. As
part of the meeting, Brian Bergen, executive director of the Lincoln
& Logan County Development Partnership, gave the committee a brief
update on work with a regional development strategy.
Bergen began by saying that there are matters Logan County needs to
weigh in on as part of the effort to organize the region it has
joined for a comprehensive economic development strategy, or CEDS.
Bergen said Logan County needs to approve a representative for the
CEDS governing board. He recommended that the person be a member of
the county board.
The county also needs to approve a representative to the CEDS
committee, which is a separate group functioning under the governing
board. Bergen said he believes he would make a good choice for that
In addition, Logan County needs to find someone from a position
of higher education to be part of the committee. Bergen said he has
spoken with Christy Powell at Heartland, and she voiced an interest
in the position, assuming time allows for it. Bergen recommended her
for the position on the committee.
David Hepler said that due to constraints, the full county board
could not vote on these issues until October, though the committee
can vote a recommendation one way or the other. Bergen replied that
such a procedure would still fit with his time frame.
Bergen said the CEDS committee is going to begin rotating where
they meet in order for the committee members to see the types of
projects they may be working on in the future.
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The committee voted to recommend that Logan County sign the
resolution to formally approve the appointments. It was also
recommended by vote of the committee members that Bill Martin would
take a seat on the governing board, and Bergen would join the lower
The committee members agreed that Martin's experience with CEDS
and similar organizations would make him a good choice for the
position on the governing board.
The committee did not vote on the recommendation of Christy
Powell's potential seat on the committee, but the committee members
did voice their opinion that she would do a good job in the
Committee members present for the discussions were chairman David
Hepler, Robert Farmer, Bill Martin, Gene Rohlfs and Chuck Ruben.
Brian Bergen and Jan Schumacher were also present for the
[By DEREK HURLEY]