[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 4-1-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-2]
There is hereby created the Economic Development Commission of the Town of Mount Airy, which shall consist of no fewer than five and no more than nine members, one of whom shall be a member of the Council of the Town of Mount Airy who shall count toward quorum at Commission meetings and shall vote on Commission decisions in cases of tie votes. All members of the Commission, except for the Council member, who shall serve concurrent with his or her term of office, shall be appointed for terms of four years commencing from the first day of July of the year of appointment or until their successors are appointed; provided, however, that with respect to the members of the Commission first appointed, three shall be designated to serve for initial terms of four years, three shall be designated to serve for initial terms of three years, and two shall be designated to serve for initial terms of two years.
The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, shall make all appointments, including those required by any vacancies. It is not required that members be residents of the Town, but shall have either residency, some business or economic interest, or both in the Town and/or nearby region. All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, except that they may be reimbursed for actual expenses to the extent authorized in the budget.
The Economic Development Commission, on or before the first day of July in each and every year, shall select from among its members a Chair to serve until the succeeding June 30 and such additional officers as it may deem advisable. The Commission is empowered to adopt all necessary rules and regulations for the conduct of its business and shall hold such meetings as may from time to time be deemed necessary. The Commission's regular place of business shall be in the Town Hall of the Town of Mount Airy, but both regular and special meetings of the Commission may be held elsewhere at the discretion of the Commission.
The Economic Development Commission shall study, investigate and make recommendations to the Town Council from time to time concerning future and present economic development, marketing of the Town to allow it to be positioned to welcome commercial and industrial development which is compatible with the residential communities, and the desirability of infrastructure improvements, grants opportunities, public-private partnerships and other means to create economic and commercial opportunities within the Town.
The Economic Development Commission shall guide and advise the Mayor and Council seeking methods to provide services for a growing, modern population; to reduce commuting to promote the ability to work closer to home; and to promote creation of community allowing the provisions of services and job creation which are compatible with residential communities.
The Economic Development Commission shall promote building of partnerships to encourage commerce and economic development, which may be public/private, regional, intergovernmental and/or private.
The Economic Development Commission shall advise the Mayor and Council on creative methods to promote and sustain economic development, including through zoning, land use, planning, master planning and public property development.
The Economic Development Commission shall advise the Mayor and Council, the Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission, and other Town commissions, as may be appropriate, on coordination of efforts with governmental and other entities, including Chamber of Commerce chapters, within the state, counties, the region and other municipalities.
The Economic Development Commission shall undertake such other studies, programs, projects and recommendations as may be appropriate or requested from time to time by the Town Council.
The Commission shall submit to the Council of the Town of Mount Airy an annual report on or before July 1 of each and every year summarizing its activities, together with any recommendations relating generally to economic development plans for the ensuing year.
No expenditures may be made by the Economic Development Commission except to the extent authorized in the annual budget of the Town or was may otherwise be lawfully approved in advance by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy.