What do a dilapidated Chase County bridge, China, and former Marion economic developer Terry Jones have to do with economic development in Marion County?
Nothing, of course, but Marion city administrator Roger Holter showed city and county officials Thursday that all three were being used to market Marion County to prospective business developers.
Holter, a former business developer, stepped into that role to show several examples of erroneous information he encountered when researching Marion County.
He held up a copy of Marion County 2015 Tourism and Resource Guide and pointed to the cover.
“This is what we’re using as a countywide effort to market our community,” Holter said. “Does anybody recognize that bridge?”
Holter affirmed the bridge is in Chase County.
The meeting was an outgrowth of a letter Marion city council sent to county commissioners requesting clarification of what the county’s role in economic development should be.
(Read more: Marion County RECORD)