The Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp. board is reviewing its options for appointing an interim executive director while a search begins to find the organization’s next leader.
The nonprofit private-public partnership has been without an executive director since last winter, after longtime leader Jennifer Brown resigned in the wake of the Kewaunee County Board cutting its annual contribution to the organization by 40 percent.
That led to a series of four roundtable discussions where the KCEDC and other local leaders discussed the organization’s future, led by Rob Burke, University of Wisconsin-Extension community development educator. Burke presented a report to the KCEDC board at its Aug. 23 meeting.
As outlined in a recent blog post, Burke summarized the new KCEDC priorities as:
+ Improvement of broadband infrastructure;
+ Extensive communication, coordination and collaboration with local businesses and business organizations on a regular basis, especially through direct personal contact and discussions;
+ KCEDC should function as the one, key, “go-to” person/agency for county economic development information and assistance, a “one-stop-shop” for information, direction, and direct assistance to starting, expanding and retaining business in Kewaunee County;
+ Serve as the primary coalition-builder, promoting collaboration among countywide organizations;
+ KCEDC must focus on the top, big-picture priorities;
+ They must focus fundraising on gathering support from the local business community and “belong to the business community”; and
+ KCEDC should avoid activities that fall under the purview of the chambers of commerce.
Burke recommended that the organization find a way to fund itself adequately so that the executive director does not need to spend an inordinate amount of time on fundraising activities.
KCEDC’s next meeting is 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Bank of Luxemburg, 630 Main St., Luxemburg.