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Town Approves Hiring of Economic Development Planner

The council approved a $65,000 to $75,000 position that would concentrate on improving and expanding the NK business community.

 

The North Kingstown Town Council unanimously approved a new town position, focused in improving and expanding business in town. The new position, an "economic development planner," will be employed under the town's planning department for a 12-month contract position. After the 12-month term, the council will decide whether to extend the position or nix it.

The position, paying between $65,000 to $75,000, would specialize in obtaining grants for the Town of North Kingstown, assist local businesses, identify and develop programs to assist in economic development and more throughout all of North Kingstown.

For the most part, council members favored the move to create such a position, citing that the planning department doesn't have enough personnel to focus on economic development. Additionally, such a position could help rejuvenate business in town, especially in the dormant Post Road Corridor. 

"This position could potentially pay for itself," said Council Member Carol Hueston.

Council Member Kerry McKay voiced his doubts that a person would be able to bring about noticeable change in only 12 months. He also was leery about additional costs for such a position, such as travel expenses to attend trade shows and expos.

"A job of this nature cannot be done in one year," said McKay. "This is a two to three year position to be effective."

The council approved the position following the recommendation of the North Kingstown Economic Development Advisory Board. According to Chair Dave Caldwell, Jr., this position will find the "low-hanging fruit" in grants. Also, the creation of such a position allows North Kingstown to be qualified for certain business grants.

According to Town Manager Michael Embury, 10 people have applied and four will be interviewed for the position soon.

ru4real February 14, 2013 at 09:20 PM
@Ken you are absolutely correct. The defensiveness at the town hall is nothing new, especially when you ask taxpayer questions that have a specific purpose. You should know by now that the taxpayers have no rights whatsoever when it comes to the spending of our tax dollars. I have it stated before and I'll do it again this TC needs to be recalled for many reasons. This is just another issue on a long list of in your face taxpayers! When is enough going to be enough? I'll go out on a limb here and guess that the four apps are insiders in one form or another. This has the potential for a nice lawsuit, as if NK needs more than we already have in the hopper.
ru4real February 14, 2013 at 10:59 PM
@Mark quite a cheeky but true comment. But it's only tax money so what the heck. It's just a sequel to the GOP help a fellow gop member out will yah! What's wrong with a little inside ball. Keep your eye on the bouncing ball!
ru4real February 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Smell a rat, heavens no such thing, that's singular it's more like the whole pack is loose in NK. I have asked the question repeatedly when is enough going to be enough? People keep saying that they are fed up, but are they? I think not. Nobody admits voting for this TC, not any of them, but somebody did. The retreads and the rubber stamp replacement for Stamm have picked up right where they left off and Mr. go along independent and the SC refugee have fallen right in step.
Politics Sheriff of NK February 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Mark, good points.
Politics Sheriff of NK February 15, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Recall wont work, the same people who calling shots made sure of that Lizzy Borden Dolan was on the charter commission when recall was written up to be impossible to use. "Lizzy Borden gave the taxpayers forty whacks, when they saw what she'd done, she turned and gave them another forty one". Retire the old GOP mule but you complainers need for FORM A GROUP to do it. It CAN BE DONE if you all get off your arses and meet together and make plans and put them into action.

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