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Slater High School class of 1965 signs on with MSDC project

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Marshall-Saline Development Corporation entered into a contract with Slater High School's graduating class of 1965 during MSDC's board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The agreement, entered into under Project Footprint, is similar to MSDC's agreement with Sweet Springs Alumni Association, and names MSDC as the body responsible for creating and maintaining an alumni database with contact information for alumni, in addition to other responsibilities.

Entrepreneurship Development Associate Josh King said he has also been in contact with Marshall High School officials regarding that school's alumni.

The board also discussed the $2,500 in funds provided by the Marshall Tourism Commission, which will go to support Project Footprint.

Executive Director Roy Hunter reported on progress made on the various projects in which MSDC is currently involved.

Project Green, also known as the Saline Green Project, is due to have its timeline set during a meeting of officials this week, during which they will discuss funding for the project.

"Failure to achieve a long-term funding agreement could jeopardize a 2010 project start," wrote Hunter.

There was no new information to report on the Monsanto expansion project or Project Atlas, said Hunter.

Much time has been spent on Project Scorpion over the previous 30 days, said Hunter, giving him some "very positive movement to report." Tests have been conducted in Saline County, and one project official has verbally noted his interest in this location.

Some progress has been made on the Marshall Junction project, and communication is continuing, said Hunter, adding that he hopes to see some activity on the cloverleaf highway exchanges in early January.

Hunter said that because he is having a "hard time getting committed numbers" from other parties, he will submit two budgets to the board, both of which will be "tough."

"Things can happen within the first 30 to 60 days that could change the budget completely," he said.

Some property listings on MSDC's Web site have been changed after communication began between MSDC and local realtors, said King. New properties are also now listed.

Larry Holland and Gene Fangmann were unanimously voted to serve as at-large members of the board.

Contact Geoff Rands at marshallreporter@socket.net

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guess we aren't allowed to post our negative opinions about the MSDC.

Response by Eric Crump/Editor:

What makes you say that? No comments attached to this story about MSDC have been deleted. No critical comments are ever deleted unless they violate our commenting policy.

-- Posted by momaster on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 2:09 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
I see now why you thought the earlier comments were deleted. This story got posted twice by mistake. The earlier version, comments intact, is at


Geoff, on the surface it would appear that Slater's SHAPES isn't interested in whatever arrangement the 1965 class agreed to, and that the 1965 class has little regard for its own alumni association, which I could understand.

Do you know about the financial terms of the contract?

-- Posted by Slater on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 1:51 PM

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