by Lisa Tome
After a 15 year hiatus, North East's Economic Development Commission is about to come out of retirement.
According to North East town administrator Melissa Cook-MacKenzie town officials will formally reinstate the group in April.
Cook-MacKenzie said that the commission is getting back to work because the town was approached by a business owner who wants to serve as part of the committee.
The town's Economic Development Commission was disbanded because Cook-MacKenzie said two other organizations, the North East Chamber of Commerce and the North East Merchant's Association were very active.
"We backed off," said Cook-MacKenzie. The commission was active from 1993-2003.
North East's Economic Development Commission is charged with the task "of supporting and encouraging industrial, commercial, and residential development in and near the town." The group will provide programs and activities related to commerce, manufacturing, tourism, and recreation.
The commission will have five to eight members. They will be appointed by the mayor and approved by the town board. The town administrator is a non-voting member of the commission. Those who are appointed will serve two-year terms. Terms will be staggered. Those who miss three or more meetings in a calendar year will be replaced.
The commission will choose its leadership, a chair and vice chair from within.
Duties of the commission include assembling information pertinent to the economic resources in North East. They also encourage new businesses to locate in North East and encourage recreational development in the town. They also make recommendations regarding business development to town officials. They seek out grant funding to revitalize North East.
They also recommend qualifications and requirements for businesses. All these commission members will be unpaid.
Anyone interested in serving on this board should contact North East town hall.