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Brawley council agrees to pay economic agency $20K

April 03, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The City Council on Tuesday affirmed its relationship with the Brawley Economic Development Commission, formalizing an agreement to pay $20,000 to the agency.

With that funding, the BEDC will serve as a promotional and marketing arm for the city, representing Brawley at events such as trade shows outside the Imperial Valley.

Sitting as the city Redevelopment Agency board, the council considered in what respects the BEDC should participate in such events. Some on the council said in participating in such trade shows, the BEDC should set up booths when possible.

Councilman Steve Vasquez said he wants the BEDC to come before the council on a quarterly basis to report on its activities.


Vasquez said if the Redevelopment Agency is providing funding to the BEDC, it is important the city have some means of tracking how that funding is being used.

The discussion Tuesday represented a formalizing of the agreement. No other action was taken on the matter because the council in a previous meeting had approved the BEDC funding.

Tim Kelley, director of the BEDC, said he already has represented Brawley at trade shows and will continue to do so. Kelley said he is willing to attend any such event at the request of the city.

Kelley is the first executive director for the BEDC since that agency and the Brawley Chamber of Commerce opted to have separate directors.

In the past, one director was at the helm of both the chamber and the BEDC, which technically is a part of the chamber. That director had to serve both the chamber and BEDC boards.

Creating a separate BEDC directorship was geared toward allowing the chamber director to focus on serving businesses already in the city while freeing the BEDC to focus efforts on promoting the city.

Brawley City Manager Jerry Santillan said the city is experiencing a new period of economic development and in the future it may be necessary to create an economic development staff position.

However, he said for now existing city staff with the help of the BEDC will work to promote the city.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082

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