County seeks applicants for Industrial Development Board

Published 4:40 pm Monday, November 6, 2017

Carter County is currently looking for citizens to serve on the county’s Industrial Development Board.

Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey recently told members of the Financial Management Committee that all of the terms of service for the Board have expired, and some members have indicated they no longer wish to serve on the Board. Because the terms have expired those who are currently appointed to the Board must fill out an application to be re-appointed if they wish to continue serving on the Board.

Humphrey said the Carter County Commission will appoint members of the Board during their meeting later this month.

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“It’s imperative that we get that Board established,” Humphrey said, adding there are items of business which the Board must address. “We are hopeful we get the full nine members and are ready to go to work the next day.”

To be eligible to serve on Carter County’s Industrial Development Board, applicants must be qualified voters and taxpayers of Carter County who do not currently serve as an officer or employee of Carter County.

The Carter County Industrial Development Board serves to help promote the development and retention of industry within the county, including the issuance and approval of incentives such as Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) Agreements.

Those interested in serving on the Industrial Development Board are asked to submit a “Boards and Committees” application to the Carter County Clerk’s Office either in person or by mail to 801 E. Elk Avenue, Suite 102, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Applications are available from the Carter County Clerk’s Office or online at the county’s website under the employment tab.

All applicants will be given the opportunity to address the full Carter County Commission during their meeting on Monday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. in the courtroom at the Carter County Courthouse. After all the applicants who wish to do so have addressed the group, the Commission will vote on appointments to the Board.

A meeting of the Board has already been scheduled for Wednesday evening, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the second floor of the courthouse. For more information, contact the Carter County Clerk’s Office at 423-542-1814.

The Industrial Development Board appears to have been inactive for some time in Carter County. The most recent minutes filed with the Carter County Court Clerk’s Office are from a meeting on May 8, 2014.

The listed members of the Board at that time were Phil Isaacs (chairman), Bill Cline (vice chairman), Carol Chase-McClelland (secretary/treasurer), Ken Kelly, Jimmy Street, Jim Barker, Chris Guy, Joe LaPorte, Judy Veeneman, Tom Anderson, and Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey.