The non-voting members will be outgoing chair Hammons and the president of the foundation.
The by-laws also outline the need for standing and ad-hoc committees. The standing committees include membership, marketing and education/workforce. The ad-hoc committees, as proposed at today’s meeting, include utilities and agri-business.
The board members who will no longer be serving as voting members of the board will be asked to serve on committees. While board members will chair committees, the committee members will be doing the work necessary to make a difference in their areas of focus. Once the new LEDF president is in place, strategic planning and priorities within the county and city will guide the direction of committees.
“This is a step toward the future and will help as we push ahead with economic development in Cass County," Arnold said. "This will streamline the process and is a plus for the county, city and business sector.”
Initially, LEDF officers were concerned that the foundation would become a political office and create the risk of changing direction with the change of elected officials.
"With the new structure, we are insulated from that but still give elected officials a louder voice in the direction of the foundation," Hammons said. "They need to have a greater voice and more concrete ownership of the foundation and where their priorities and efforts are headed."
The news release also noted that LEDF hoped to have an announcement regarding a new president within the next 10 days.