The Effingham Regional Growth Alliance recently held a Board of Directors meeting to elect new officers and nominate new directors to the board. The Directors welcomed City of Effingham Mayor, Jeff Bloemker to the board, discussed 2016 plans, and announced approval of new full time executive to lead The Alliance.
The Alliance is excited to have Mayor Jeff Bloemker as a board member lending a great asset to the organization. Nominated to the board for a first term beginning in 2016 was Don Spring, Corporate Controller for Midland States Bank. He joins returning board members for a three-year term; Tom Wright, Claude Hudson, Paul Koerner, and Bill Teichmiller. Outgoing members of the board include Don Althoff, Leon Holschbach, and Blake Linders. Their services were greatly appreciated and will be publicly expressed at the Annual Reception held on March 31, 2016. In addition, officers elected for the 2016 term beginning February 1, 2016 include; Chuck Deters, Bill Teichmiller, Claude Hudson, Eric Zeller, Paul Koerner, and Dan Woods.
The Alliance Board welcomed Stevens Industries and Hitachi Metals Inc. as new members. The membership committee continues to encourage active development of the regional network with membership recruitment by all. Contact us for a Membership Application. For more information visit www.EffinghamRegionalAlliance.com.
Approval of moving forward to hire a full time executive (President) to lead The Alliance was established. The Executive Committee will lead the process of writing a job description and the recruitment process. This process is vital to coordinate skills and responsibilities with the City of Effingham and Effingham Chamber of Commerce to avoid duplication and best serve The Alliance membership. The Executive Committee will also explore possible long-term organization structures, resources, success measures, and locations for The Alliance.
Looking ahead to 2016 and beyond the board discussed the topics and suggestions to advance the core strategies that were developed by the Planning task force during the Work Session facilitated by David Rumbarger of the Community Development Foundation, Tupelo, MS. From this, the board recommended developing specific functions The Alliance will offer to municipalities and the county in the form of professional services agreements to better clarify the role and value provided. Also, the budget for 2016 was approved.