By Bob Weaver|
Dan McDonald of Grantsville was elected President of the newly formed
Kanawha Area Development Corporation (LKADC) Monday night at the
courthouse. McDonald, who has voluntarily carried the local economic
authority for some time, will preside over the twelve person board.
Wirt and Calhoun
County are embarking on a joint venture to try and bring jobs to the
"We are going to work hard to bring some jobs nearer our people," said
"We have a mutual interest in working together and make it happen."
Because the group is a two-county authority, it can qualify for
Much of the available money will be used to hire a full-time economic
director. Other officers elected last night include secretary Jim
Morford and treasurer
David Cox. It is expected the vice-presidency will be filled by a Wirt
countian at the
Board members are expected to receive strategic planning training,
which will qualify
them to apply for HUD, USDA and other sources for development funding.
meeting is scheduled for April 9 in Elizabeth.
Board members present, Lention Offutt, President of Wirt Commission;
Mayor of Elizabeth; Alvin Engelke, Dave Cox, Bryan Sims, Jim Morford,
President of Calhoun Commission; Danny Law, Donnie Pitts and President
Fred Rader of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Planning and Development
assisted the group with the organization meeting.
Representing Wirt (L to R) Lention Offutt, Commission President, Dave
Cox, Bryan Sims and Elizabeth Mayor Lewis Full
Newly elected president of LKADC Dan McDonald (left) members Donnie
Pitts and Alvin Engelke (right)
Visitors Richard Kirby, County Clerk; Larry McCallister, Commissioner;
Diane Ludwig, Wirt Co. EDA; David Barr, Commissioner and
George Johnson, Grantsville
New group meets at Calhoun Courthouse