9/28/17 – Horicon’s Economic Development Director will have to meet certain benchmarks going forward. The city council this week approved a plan that details annual goals for attracting and retaining businesses. The city is establishing an advisory committee to oversee the position that will meet quarterly. Mayor Steve Neitzel says the intent is to detail four specific areas for the economic development director to focus on. The expectations for business retention includes in-person contact with all Horicon businesses at least once a year and finding out about their goals and plans for the future. Neitzel says expectations for attracting new business to Horicon includes making contact with and developing ideas for locations for potential businesses to locate in the city in the residential, industrial, commercial and retail sectors. The director is also expected to meet regularly with community groups – like for example Discover Dodge, Blue Zones and the Gold Star Memorial Trail committee – to advance the development of community and tourism projects and provide progress reports to the public. Finally, the director is also expected to find funding and write grants for private and community development projects. Jim Schaefer, who was hired for the newly created position in 2015, was scrutinized during budget process last fall when Alderman Donald Miller questioned the benefit he provided to the city.
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