Hi all...hope you are enjoying the spring weather. I work for a CIC and it was recently announced that my county is forming a Port Authority. Now, usually I would welcome any additional body that works to promote economic development, but the county commissioners have cut the CIC money to fund the Port Authority. Needless to say, I now have less than 4 years until my organization is forced out.

I have heard that there are things that PAs can do that CICs cannot, but after literally spending hours researching, I have yet to find anything that PAs do that CICs cannot. Of course I want to keep my job, but I am just curious about what is really so great about PAs. My CIC has been in existence since 1961 and has been doing rather well despite the loss of manufacturing jobs here in Ohio and elsewhere.

I personally think that the matter comes down to one certain commissioner who does not like the CIC Exec. Board for personal reasons and has done nothing but work to shut us down since he was elected.

So anyway, I was just wondering if any of you could shed some light on this issue as I am completely in the dark.



PS. Any one hiring a countywide economic development specialist?! LOL...