By Max Hrenda
For members of the city and county’s joint economic development board, “tomorrow” might be taking a little too long to arrive.
On Monday night, Carter County Tomorrow board members discussed redefining the role that it and its members play in job creation and retention.
CCT President Tom Anderson began the discussion by suggesting the task force begin to narrow its focus to fewer – yet attainable – goals.
“As an organization grows and starts figuring out where it’s supposed to go, we need to become a little more specific,” Anderson said. “There’s a lot of different things that we need to do, which is … having measurable goals, something for the staff to attain, to try to have objectives to meet those goals.”
To help meet these goals, Anderson added that he would like to see CCT’s executive board – comprised of CCT’s chairman, vice-chairman, secretary/treasurer, and city and county mayors – meet monthly to discuss the region’s economic development.
“The whole reason that the state requires that this board exist is to bring city and county people together so they can make decisions,” Anderson said. “If we got the executive board … that would allow the elected officials to literally know exactly what’s going on through the process.”
County Mayor Leon Humphrey, who was present at the meeting, agreed with the idea of a monthly meeting for the executive board.
“I’m just as guilty as anyone; I have not been able to attend this meeting,” Humphrey said. “But we need to sit down and have frequent, monthly meetings. I think we can see some progress in short order as long as we just focus. It’s been (like) buckshot.”