Is it Even LEGAL for GREDC/4b To Use Funds for a Chamber-Run Events Coordinator? Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas

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Is it Even LEGAL for GREDC/4b To Use Funds for a Chamber-Run Events Coordinator?

8 December 2010 at 7:59:27 PM

Other factors aside, such as whether it's appropriate for Darrell Best, as president of GREDC to be pushing using 4b funds to hire an events coordinator whose boss is the chamber board when he is himself president of the Chamber of Commerce, OR whether maybe the events coordinator ought to be a position within open goverment, within the city province, the question comes up...

CAN the 4b board give out money to an entity for just any old job? (And let me say that I don't care if you've heard of some other city doing it, they just might not have been told to cut it out. It isn't like there's some strong oversight from the Comptroller's office.)

Here's what I see from the Attorney General's website, publication section, manual entitled "Economic Handbook 2008".  Look on page 45 (from the PDF) or page 40 as written on the page. Every expenditure from 4b must be as a *project*. Those project must create jobs and the definition is very clear.

Accordingly, most Section 4B projects must now create or retain primary jobs. Yet not all
projects contain this requirement. “Primary job” is defined to mean a job that is “available at a
company for which a majority of the products or services of that company are ultimately
exported to regional, statewide, national, or international markets infusing new dollars into the local economy;”
and meet any one of a certain enumerated sector numbers of the North
American Industry Classification System (NAICS).155

Does that sound like an events coordinator to you? If you look on the next few pages in the 4b document there are listings of specific job classifcations. None of them seem to apply.

At the very least, before GREDC or 4b go any further with this, they should consult a competent attorney well versed in 4b law.

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1 - Squaw in Valley   9 Dec 2010 @ 9:12:10 AM 

I have heard the only reason for the Events Coordinator is to pump money into the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber needs these funds for their day to day operating expense.

2 - salon   9 Dec 2010 @ 11:54:38 AM 

Squaw-you may be right. I don't believe that the contract spells out specifically what you cannot do, and there is some amount from the roughly 24,000 salary per year compared with 36 thousand that isn't accounted for. I think, but need to see for sure when I get a copy, that the contract may say that that extra money would go for promotions, etc. (Redundancy with CVB, if so?)

Along the same line, while reading a letter from the Chamber regarding Beck Field, I saw that the city at some point asked the Chamber to take over scheduling events at Beck Field, because the city is being charge 72,000 per year to maintain it. I would guess that if this was done, then there might be a certain desperate urgency in wanting That Dang Events Coordinator to alleviate a problem the city picked up by taking on Beck Field.

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