Auburn Considers Contract For Economic Development Groundwork

AUBURN – The Auburn City Council is considering joining the Auburn Development Council in a contract for an economic developer.

ADC Treasurer Kim Beger told the council in March that a professional economic developer can accomplish tasks for the city that volunteers cannot do because of limits on time and expertise.

She helped introduce Bill Hunter of Peru, whose resume includes economic development and Chamber of Commerce work. He helped establish a bentonite mining company at Washakie County, Wyo. He was working for Rock Springs, Wyo., when the Jim Bridger Power Plant was established there.

His experience also includes work at Greeley, Colo., where a Hewlett Packard base was recruited.

Hunter told the city council he  is looking for a way to stay active in the community and loves economic development work.

 

Hunter: “I’ll give you my experience at a reasonable price to help you put together an economic development organization, do the groundwork, do the legwork to get you started.”

Mayor Scott Kudrna said the city has been considering the creation of a city administrator/ economic developer position and said a service contract is a way to show the public what an economic developer can accomplish.

Kudrna: “It would be an opportunity for the City of Auburn, ADC to contribute. In essence dip our toe into this without commiting to a fulltime economic development position or something like that.”

The mayor said the city could contribute with the ADC to help fund a contract for Hunter and then see if the utilities, the county or another agency would join later.

He said the city could use Hunter’s expertise while it updates is comprehensive development plan.

Councilwoman Katy Billings, chairman of the ADC, said the ADC is excited about the opportunity to work with Hunter because of his experience and expertise.

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