City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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[Ord. No. 4615 §1, 9-19-2016]
There is hereby established an advisory council to be known as the Economic Development Council (EDC). The primary focus of the EDC shall be to assist the City Council and designated EDC staff in the attraction and retention of businesses complementary of the City's long-term vision for economic development, growth, prosperity, and implementation of programs and policies designed to strengthen business partnerships and entrepreneurial collaboration leading to job growth and a healthy local economy.
[Ord. No. 4615 §1, 9-19-2016]
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Members. The Economic Development Council (EDC) shall consist of fourteen (14) voting members.
[Ord. No. 4657 § 1, 4-17-2017]
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Appointment. The Mayor, with the consent and approval of a majority of the City Council, shall appoint ten (10) members to the Economic Development Council. Members not appointed by the Mayor shall be appointed in the manner the entity to be represented customarily appoints members to similar boards. One (1) member shall be appointed by the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District. One (1) member shall be appointed by the Blue Springs School District. One (1) member shall be appointed by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. One (1) member shall be appointed by Downtown Blue Springs Main Street, Inc. d/b/a Downtown Alive!. One Council member will be assigned annually to serve as a non-voting liaison.
[Ord. No. 4657 § 2, 4-17-2017]
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Qualifications. While not mandatory, representation from the following business areas shall be considered when appointing members to the Economic Development Council: health care, manufacturing, banking, real estate, utility and land development.
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Terms. Those members first appointed by the Mayor after passage of this Article shall be appointed for the following terms: four (4) for one (1) year; four (4) for (2) years; and four (4) for three (3) years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of three (3) years. Members appointed by other entities shall serve four (4) year terms.
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Vacancies. All vacancies on the Economic Development Council resulting from a member's resignation or inability to complete a term shall be reported to the Mayor and City Council. Thereafter, the Mayor shall, by and with the consent of the City Council, appoint a person to fill the unexpired term of that member.
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Organization. The Mayor shall appoint on an annual basis the Chair and Vice Chair of the Economic Development Council (EDC) annually. The chairperson or the Vice Chair shall preside at all meetings of the EDC.
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Removal. Upon recommendation of the Economic Development Council (EDC) Chairperson, the Mayor may, by and with the consent of a majority of the City Council, remove from office any member of the EDC for misconduct or neglect of duty.
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Staff. The City shall provide a liaison to interact with the Economic Development Council (EDC) and staff it deems appropriate to support economic programming, services and development activities. The City shall be responsible for hiring an economic development coordinator who, among other duties, will work with the EDC.
[Ord. No. 4615 §1, 9-19-2016]
The Economic Development Council shall meet every other month and at such times as adopted in the rules and regulations set out in Section 120.250.
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Except when assigned by State law to another entity, the duties of the Economic Development Council shall be as follows:
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Advise and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding the sale, acquisition, and development of property.
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Advise and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding strategies, objectives and policies to attract and retain business.
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Advise and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding general policy guidelines for the City's economic development program except where such recommendations are assigned by State law to another entity.
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On or before April 1 of each year to develop economic development strategies, policies, goals, priorities, and identify projects and report same to City Council for its consideration.
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On or before October 31 of each year to prepare and provide to City Council a report outlining the accomplishments, educational efforts, implementation of goals or strategies and development projects for the prior twelve (12) months the EDC has facilitated, identified or supported.
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Perform such other duties as from time to time the Mayor and City Council may request consistent with the other duties of the EDC.
[Ord. No. 4615 §1, 9-19-2016]
The Economic Development Council hereby established is empowered to promulgate rules and procedures consistent with the ordinances and policies adopted by the City Council of the City of Blue Springs to be followed by it for the conduct of its meetings and to carry out the duties and responsibilities hereby granted it. Any rules and procedures promulgated shall be forwarded to the City Council. Before any such rules and procedures shall become effective, they shall be first approved by resolution of the City Council.
[Ord. No. 4615 §1, 9-19-2016]
The Economic Development Council shall make, on or before the second Monday in February of each year, a written report to the City Council. The purpose of this report shall be to guide budgeting and the establishment of goals for the following fiscal year.