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JDA meets with new director

By Staff | Dec 18, 2015

The Rugby Job Development Authority Board held its first meeting Wednesday with Joseph T. Pelt as its new executive director.

The board approved advertising of lots in Chalmers First Addition on LoopNet – an online commercial real estate listing service. Pelt said that using the site to advertise lots would be cost effective and would reach a broad audience.

The board discussed a rough draft of a marketing flyer, which was proposed by board member Tanner Johnson during the board’s previous meeting. Johnson proposed advertising the lots for sale by including estimates on the monthly costs of ownership, including home/lot value, taxes and special assessments. Pelt said that while this was a rough draft, the board should consider how it markets lots with consistency.

The board discussed changing its mission statement and strategic plan. The board last passed a strategic plan in March 2010 and it is set to expire this year. Pelt said some language from the last statement and plan would need to be cleaned up, and that he wanted the county to be involved in the JDA’s long-term plans as well. Pelt also wanted the mission statement and plan to market the city. The board appointed Pelt, and board members Bonnie Kuehnemund and Fr. Tom Graner to a committee to revise the mission statement and strategic plan.

Pelt said in the director’s report that the JDA website is back up after being down for four months; JDA emails are working again; the website centergrowth.com has been canceled; that he had been offered a membership position on the board of directors for Affordable Housing Developers, Inc. He also gave board members a survey to fill out with the intent of using them to help change the JDA’s mission statement and strategic plan.

The board approved the treasurer’s report and the minutes of the Nov. 18 meeting.

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