City of Louisiana still waiting to hire for economic direction

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

The Louisiana City Council approved more than $58,000 for an economic development director shortly after the new board took over in April but the effort is only slightly stalled, according to new Mayor Bart Niedner.
The council and Niedner had shown a liking for Josh Beck’s Community Edge economic development firm and is still impressed, Niedner said last week. Beck was the speaker at this year’s Louisiana Chamber of Commerce banquet and has been in economic development in government and now the private sector.
However, the city will put bid specifications out for the position to see if any other qualifiers arise, the mayor said.
“I’m happy with the one we have but I want to do the right thing and consider all others,” Niedner said.
Toward that end, a draft bid for an individual or firm to boost city economics was recently completed.
It calls for a successful bidder to make a quote not exceeding $58,500, a list of services and costs for them.

The job requires “a comprehensive economic evaluation and professional economic development consultation to help identify promising industries, effectively solicit necessary investment and elevate the visibility of the city and its economic assets.”
“We want to put it out to bid through the Missouri Economic Development Council,” Niedner said. “We hope some time in July we can wrap it up for a decision in August.”

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