(03/28/2001)
By Bob Weaver

Dan McDonald of Grantsville was elected President of the newly formed Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation (LKADC) Monday night at the Calhoun courthouse. McDonald, who has voluntarily carried the local economic development 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 area.

"We are going to work hard to bring some jobs nearer our people," said McDonald. "We have a mutual interest in working together and make it happen."

Because the group is a two-county authority, it can qualify for additional funding. Much of the available money will be used to hire a full-time economic development 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 next meeting.

Board members are expected to receive strategic planning training, which will qualify them to apply for HUD, USDA and other sources for development funding. The next meeting is scheduled for April 9 in Elizabeth.

Board members present, Lention Offutt, President of Wirt Commission; Lewis Full, Mayor of Elizabeth; Alvin Engelke, Dave Cox, Bryan Sims, Jim Morford, Bob Weaver, President of Calhoun Commission; Danny Law, Donnie Pitts and President McDonald.

Fred Rader of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Planning and Development Council 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


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