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  • Friday, December 04, 2015
    New economic development entity approved
    Creation of a new organization that will work with economic development efforts was approved Thursday by the Brenham City Council.

    Council members approved an updated agreement with the Brenham Community Development Corp. and Economic Development Foundation of Brenham that includes creation of a Greater Brenham Economic Development Alliance.

    EDF since 1953 has been the primary agency for economic development recruitment and retention, but its emphasis has been on industries. The agency wants to expand its scope to include retail businesses.
     
    City Manager Terry Roberts said the new alliance would consist of 11 members representing the city, BDCD and EDF.
     
    BDCD and EDF have already approved creating the alliance.
     
    Roberts said the alliance’s duties would include “input on any possible changes to the administrative staff structure of EDF, incentives, land acquisition, review of work plans and possibly hosting an annual economic development summit.”
     
    The city’s current contract with EDF hasn’t been updated since 1999, he told council members.
     
    And because the BDCD funds administrative work of the EDF, officials felt it was prudent to include that agency in any new agreement, said Roberts.
     
    The council also:
     
    • Heard a report from the Tax Phase-In Compliance Review Committee.
     
    Clint Kolby of the EDF said 10 companies receiving tax abatement met compliance requirements.
     
    • Approved submission of a grant application for $22,000 to purchase additional body cameras for the police department and a server to store videos from the cameras.
     
    • Approved the purchase of a refuse trailer ($68,534) and accepted Lakeway Air Conditioning’s $48,710 for a new heating-air conditioning unit for City Hall.