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Job Development Authority elects officers

By Staff | Mar 13, 2014

With a full quorum, the Rugby Job Development Authority board was able to elect new officers at a Wednesday meeting.

The board elected Rugby Mayor Dave Cichos as president, Fr. Tom Graner as vice president and Craig Wollenburg as secretary.

The board met with Jim Potvin of Heart of America Medical Center. Potvin said that the hospital is bringing in a new physician in July, and he asked whether the JDA would subsidize a signing bonus for her, like the board did with Drs. Schoenberg and Hernandez in the past. Potvin also inquired as to the possibility of the JDA ponying up $90,000 over two years to help the new physician in a state loan repayment program, one that requires matching funds from the community.

The new physician, who is yet to be announced, did not qualify for a federal repayment program due to serving in an underserved area, but could also possibly not qualify for state assistance. The board passed a motion to award a signing bonus, but decided to hold off on the $90,000 diversion until word of whether or not the new physician qualified. Wollenburg mentioned that should another physician come out of the woodwork, the JDA’s budget for some activities may take a hit.

Coordinator SyAnn Graber announced to the board that the Economic Development Association of North Dakota (EDND) would be holding its conference this summer in Rugby, June 17-19. Graber said that an event like this would bring in economic directors and job development authority directors from cities around the state.

Graber also mentioned planning is going well for a career day the JDA is hosting. Several business leaders from the Rugby area are slated to speak at the event, including Shelley Block of the Rugby Chamber of Commerce, Jodie Kirchofner of Stylin’ You, Priscila Jelsing of Joy Dental Design, and Sara Radomski of TBEI.

In attendance were board members Graner, Graber, Kipp Johnson, Wollenburg, Wes Black, Arland Geiszler, Rick Larson and Mike McNeff.

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