JDA introduces new executive director
The Job Development Authority met Thursday, April 26 to introduce the new Executive Director Jessica Brossart, who started work the week before. Jessica explained how she thinks she can make a difference with the JDA.
The JDA discussed consideration of regaining the lost domain of RugbyJDA.com. The JDA received a notice from the current owner offering to sell the name back to Rugby. A conversation concluded a lower offer would be made. It was motioned to pursue the domain at a lower cost. An update will given by Brossart at the next meeting on May 24.
In other business, the dates for the November and December JDA board meetings have been changed due to November’s falling on Thanksgiving and a conflict with December. The dates will be updated and posted next month in the minutes.
Brossart gave an update on communications with the board, including requesting to be a member of the Lions Club to socialize with local business owners. She discussed radio, Facebook and Linkedin. These are all methods she will use to keep the JDA in touch with local businesses. Since she is out in the community frequently, Brossart requested the board consider getting office help with the phones, email and other communications. A discussion pursued the options for part time office help. It was agreed that hours would be under 20 per week, flexible and the salary would depend upon experience and qualifications.
In new business discussions, Tanner Johnson said there has been a decision to reallocate housing funds for the Souris Basin. Daunne Heilman gave an update on the ND Move project she is undertaking with volunteers, and donations. She passed out an example of the Active Transportation Demonstration Project. The team has met with a representative to explore transportation options for Main Street Rugby. This initial project is temporary and will be worked on by the volunteer team in July. If persons are interested in joining the team, or giving their input, they are encouraged to seek out Heilman at I Design in Rugby or call the 855.776.4332 number for more information.
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