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Ward 12 Coun. Gord James ques­tioned eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment's in­volve­ment with the Cobo­conk Nor­land and Area and Omemee Busi­ness Com­mit­tees of coun­cil at the Tues­day, June 11 meet­ing.

He wanted to know why city staff was work­ing with the groups when there is Com­mu­nity Fu­tures De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (CFDC) money avail­able.

Di­rec­tor Lance Sherk was con­fused as to why eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment's role was be­ing ques­tioned. He said they had been ap­proached by the com­mu­nity to work with them and it was about bring­ing busi­nesses to­gether. He noted they were com­mit­tees of coun­cil. He said they had been brought to a point where they had iden­ti­fied the type of or­ga­ni­za­tion they wanted to now be­come. Sherk said they would re­main in­volved un­til the com­mit­tees were in­cor­po­rated as cham­bers of com­merce.

Ward 2 Coun. Em­mett Yeo de­fended the process, say­ing staff had brought them to the verge of pick­ing a name for a new Cobo­conk Nor­land and Area cham­ber of com­merce.

Mayor Ric McGee lauded Yeo's in­volve­ment and said it was "prob­a­bly one of the bet­ter pro­grams we're ever done."

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