Hartford Residents Voice Concerns On Economic Developer Job

The Economic Developer position was created eight years ago by the Hartford Area Development Corporation.

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The Economic Developer position was created eight years ago by the Hartford Area Development Corporation.

Their goal was have an individual who would help expand Hartford’s economic empire and help advise businesses coming in.

The ‘Growing Hartford’ group made up of business owners and concerned citizens let their voices be heard.

Only a sealed envelope from mayor Bill Campbell was read aloud to the audience.

It was Mayor Campbell’s tie-breaking vote that put Gary Sandholm’s position on the chopping block.

Those in favor of keeping the position argue that a decrease in the city’s mill levy and increased revenue from businesses shows how effective the job is.

Members of the city council argue that the past 6 years have not lead to enough substantial economic development.

Council President, Doyle Johnson, argues that money used to fund the EDD position can be best used in other ways.

“There are other projects in Hartford. There are street projects to consider. Street projects like Western Avenue,” says Johnson.

A final open public forum will take place Aug. 17 – just over a week before residents vote.

If they vote ‘no,’ then the Economic Development Position will be reinstated.