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Economic development chief requests $172,000

‘I’m here to request funding for the rest of 2003, in the amount of $172,000,’ Harrison County Economic Development Director Brian Fogle told the Harrison County Commissioners at their June 16 meeting.
Last year, $204,500 was spent for economic development. So far this year, $69,800 has been spent, Fogle said. The additional funding would bring this year’s budget to about $241,800.
Fogle said the money will be used for an ‘increasingly more pro-active approach to economic development’ in two major areas: marketing and product development.
The county has been part of a regional marketing group that targets the Interstate 64 and 65 corridors, mostly in Harrison, Floyd, Clark, Scott, Jackson and Jennings counties.
By sharing the cost of advertising, the expense is less to each participating agency, he said.
Advertising at the Louisville International Airport will continue for a couple of years, Fogle said, and ongoing informal relationships are being developed at business and industry trade shows.
On the product development side, Fogle said work includes grading and sinkhole repair in the Harrison County Industrial Park, and extension of water and sewer to adjacent vacant properties in the area.
‘I think Brian’s got a blueprint for success,’ said Commissioner Jim Heitkemper.
Saying he felt somewhat like a football quarterback, Fogle said the economic development committee is a ‘team effort.’
He said he’ll be back before the commissioners in August or September to request funding for 2004.
Last Monday night, the Harrison County Council approved advertising the appropriation of the funds to economic development. The council is expected to act on the request at its next meeting, July 14.