Marion County discusses economic development

Two county commissioners had markedly different takes on an economic development meeting last week at the Elgin Hotel.
Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation met with city and county representatives to discuss ongoing challenges to becoming fully operational, including an inability to fill its permanent board, controversial bylaws changes, and continuing skepticism from member cities.
Both Dianne Novak and Randy Dallke were at the meeting and had different perspectives on how it went.
“I thought it was, from a year ago, quite an accomplishment to get everyone interested,” Dallke said.
Dallke noted the three people appointed to the corporation’s permanent board are enthusiastic and ready to move forward.
“I think we were at two different meetings, because my perceptions are very different,” Novak said.
She said she believes the county has let the corporation down.
“We should have three appointees, and we have one,” Novak said. “I still say the county is the leader. You know the old saying ‘s**t rolls downhill.’ I’m ashamed and I’m embarrassed that those people have no support from the county.”

(Read more: Marion County RECORD)