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JDA Director Resigns

By Staff | Apr 24, 2015

SyAnn Graber Director of the Job Development Authority (JDA) has given her two week notice to the Board of Directors. The JDA is funded through a percentage of the sales tax collected in Pierce County. When asked why she was leaving or where she was going Mrs. Graber felt that information was between her, her husband, and the Board of Directors of the JDA. When asked if she had anything public to say she shared, ” I wish the JDA all the best.”

The Rugby JDA has been providing service to the community of Rugby and Pierce County since the mid-1950s. The mission has always been to create new wealth through a proactive economic development program that promotes existing business activities, business expansions, and the recruitment of primary sector businesses that add to the existing tax base and available jobs in the community.

Job creation, economic output, and an increase in taxable bases are the most common measurement tools concerning economic and community development. Creating new employment opportunities includes assisting existing primary and retail service businesses with the retention of their employees as well as attracting those businesses that are looking to expand or relocate to our community, bringing jobs and opportunity.

There are several key pieces to successful economic and community development. Some of the most important of those key pieces include proper environment and infrastructure, quality local education, available labor force, training opportunities, adequate housing, and child care. The Rugby JDA works with all of these areas, as each one is integral to the economic success of the Rugby community, as well as to the happiness and security of the families and individuals who are a part of it.

One of the biggest projects on the JDA’s plate is the development of Chalmer’s First Addition, a 52-lot subdivision in Rugby that has sold 5 lots to date. The price tag of providing streets, water and sewer to Chalmer’s was $2,449,946.54 that is paid by a 20 year special assessment levied against each lot.

Information for parts of this article was taken from the JDA web site at rugbyjda.com.

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