[Adopted 7-10-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-07; effective 7-10-2019]
[Amended 10-2-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
Pursuant to Chapter C419:23 of the Lebanon City Charter, there is hereby established an Economic Development Commission responsible for coordinating the overall economic development of the City in accordance with the City's sustainability objectives and adopted Master Plan, specifically to lead in the implementation and update of Chapter 6, Economic Development.
The Commission shall consist of nine voting members, including two City Councilors; and seven members of the public. Efforts shall be made to include a broad representation of the community at large and all appointments for the seven members shall be made on the basis of the individual's ability to assist in the purpose of the Commission and their willingness to serve. The City Manager and the Executive Director of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce shall be permanent nonvoting members of the Commission. Members of the public shall be appointed by the City Council and their terms shall initially be staggered for periods of one and two years. Thereafter, all members shall be appointed to terms of two years. The City Council representatives shall serve for their respective terms and shall be appointed by the Mayor. The City Council shall annually in December of each year appoint a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson from the nine members of the Commission to serve for the following calendar year. The City Council shall act within 60 days to fill vacancies. The majority of the voting members of the Commission shall be residents of the City.
In determining each member's qualifications, the appointing authority shall take into consideration the appointee's demonstrated interest and ability to understand, appreciate and promote the purpose of the Economic Development Commission.
The Economic Development Commission is hereby established for the purposes of:
Enhancing the City of Lebanon's economy by investigating current economic conditions;
Assisting with the formation and execution of appropriate economic development and marketing opportunities;
Coordinating activities to enhance or expand economic development;
Engaging in such other activities as are necessary to further the City of Lebanon's economic vitality and sustainability.
The duties and responsibilities of the Economic Development Commission will include:
Research economic conditions and potential economic development opportunities for the City, primarily focused on the retention or enhancement of existing businesses and the attraction of appropriate new businesses.
Develop and recommend to the City Council a marketing plan setting forth the community's vision for economic development.
Serve as a resource for the City's boards, commissions, committees and staff, providing recommendations when requested regarding economic development opportunities, strategic planning initiatives, and other matters impacting economic development in the City.
Coordinate economic development activities amongst City representatives and private organizations at the request and direction of the City Council.
Establish a dialogue with City residents to understand the needs of the community; with local business owners to understand current economic challenges and hindrances to the enhancement or expansion of existing businesses; and with potential new business owners to facilitate appropriate economic development opportunities.
Periodically report to the City Council in accordance with Council directives.
Undertake any other project or duty as determined by the Commission or the City Council that impacts the economic sustainability of the City.
The Commission shall have assistance from City staff, as designated by the City Manager. If necessary, the Commission may request advisory assistance from other individuals or agencies responsible for the management of the City and may ask representatives from these organizations to participate in Commission activities.
The Economic Development Commission shall establish an advisory committee to be known as the Downtown Revitalization Committee (DRC) to review and make recommendations regarding the redevelopment of downtown Lebanon as defined in the 2016 Downtown Vision Plan and Tunnel Assessment. The DRC will take a lead role in implementing and updating Chapter 3, Lebanon Central Business District, of the City's adopted Master Plan. Membership of the DRC shall be the two City Councilors appointed to the Economic Development Commission; one member of the Planning Board (appointed by the Planning Board); one member of the Arts and Culture Commission (appointed by the Arts and Culture Commission); one member of the Economic Development Commission (appointed by the Economic Development Commission); one resident; and one business owner from the Downtown Area as defined in the 2016 Visioning Plan. The City Manager and the Executive Director of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce shall be ex-officio, non-voting members of the Committee.