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MSDC director gives updates on several potential business projects

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Marshall-Saline Development Corporation met Tuesday, April 8, to hear project updates from Executive Director Roy Hunter.

Project Silo is a national project and MSDC has been informed that site evaluation is underway at this time. Hunter said they are working with a new project manager and communication is not as strong as it used to be. He said MSDC should expect a visit within the next 30 days if Marshall is selected as one of the potential sites.

"We won't know until they call and want a visit," Hunter said.

Project Grow is a rapidly moving project and MSDC should expect to have a final decision within the next 10 days from the meeting. Hunter said he spent most of Monday, April 7, working on it.

"We have done all we can do," Hunter said. "I feel good about it, but strange things can happen."

Hunter said, "no new information" has been heard on another the two projects that requested information over the last month.

If these searches are multi-state efforts, it could take 90 to 120 days to get feedback and only then if Marshall makes the first cut, he said.

"I have no clue what their intent is," he said.

The Slater Enhanced Enterprise Zone project is "not moving as quickly as we like," according to Hunter. The city is continuing to move forward on this endeavor.

MSDC will be assisting with scheduling, mapping and paperwork associated with the application process.

"We are on their schedule," he said. "There is a lot of people involved in this project, but (the project) is not overly difficult."

In other business, Hunter said he will be attending the Annual Development Finance Summit in St. Louis April 28 through May 1.

Also, after taking a peak at the agenda for the National Warehouse Educational and Research Council's (WERC) annual conference in Chicago during May, Hunter said he would like to have the board's permission to attend the event.

"When I looked at the agenda from the funding side we (mainly) work with, their offering (several) seminars on that," he said.

Hunter said MSDC joined WERC last year and it's "really inexpensive to be a member."

MSDC will meet again Tuesday, May 13, at 7 a.m.

Contact Rachel Harper at marshallcity@socket.net

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