Hilton Head council expected to discuss economic development corporation

bheffernan@islandpacket.comApril 2, 2013 

Hilton Head Island town staff say little can be done to move along an economic-development corporation aimed at attracting businsses and spurring development, despite concerns from some Town Council members that the group is forming too slowly.

"There is not much that can realistically be done to speed up the process of getting this Board fully operational," wrote town manager Steve Riley in a letter slated to be presented to council at its 4 p.m. meeting today at Town Hall, 1 Town Center Court.

Councilmembers Lee Edwards and Bill Harkins said at the March 19 council meeting that the organization could, as Harkins put it, "move at a faster pace."

The nonprofit economic-development organization is expected to recruit and retain businesses on the island and help close deals on development projects.

Council voted unanimously last November to create the organization, which will be governed by a council-appointed volunteer board of directors and led by a full-time, salaried executive director.

Council is also expected to discuss how the original board members and future members should be appointed.

Check back with The Island Packet for an update to this story after the meeting and follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

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