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Carbon County recognizes economic development

Published May 15. 2017 12:24PM

Carbon County wants to recognize the importance of economic development.

On Thursday, the county commissioners adopted a resolution recognizing May 8 to 13 as Economic Development Week in Carbon County, as well as celebrating the 91st anniversary of the International Economic Development Council.

Commissioner William O'Gurek read the resolution, which explains "economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base … economic developers attract and retain high quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions."

He then asked county residents to remember the importance of economic development and the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, which helps startup and established businesses build and grow in the county.

The commissioners thanked Kathy Henderson and Marlyn Kissner of CCEDC, who were there to accept the resolution, for the corporation's commitment to the county and its businesses.

"Since I have been a commissioner, in those 13 years, I have never been more proud of the initiative that we have here and it is because of you," O'Gurek said. "It's a great partnership. We appreciate what you do."

Commissioners' Chairman Wayne Nothstein and Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard agreed with their colleague's thoughts.

"We're really proud in what you do to expand services," Nothstein said.

"These ladies have definitely taken economic development to another level here," Gerhard said, thanking Henderson for also speaking out for the businesses that are getting reassessed in Jim Thorpe.

Kissner and Henderson thanked the county for its partnership to CCEDC as successful as it has been.

"Economic development is not about myself or Marlyn or just one person or entity," Henderson said. "It's about all of us because economic development touches all of our lives in one way or another."

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