I am a new director of planning, economic and community development. Part of my position is to work with a recently formed Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The EDC calls me a resource and an ex officio member. They can ask me to come or stay away from their meetings. The town gives them their primary source of funding as their start up.
I am trying to formally outline what my role is with them, what does being a resource mean?
I like the concept of me meeting with a potential business owner/developer and then bringing them to the EDC so they can talk to them and say stuff that I can't - as in recommendations and other schmoozing I have to be careful of...
I don't like the us you gig they have going right now - I know it's just a time thing to let them heal from some past doings and that they need to learn to trust me through experience; however they have opened the door to ask me to come up with a formal understanding of what I do and what I do for them
I do think the role of staff in general is:
A. give decision makers information and data to help them make good decisions
B. give decision makers your two cents on good planning and development practice
C. implement and carry out the policy the decision makers have made
So how does this apply in a corporation?
...what so often happens at the local level is people want you to be a leader but they don't really mean that for every time you try to lead, it's "uh, sit down" (so to speak)
do any of you work for a municipality but also "serve" a private non-profit economic development corporation as part of your work? your advice on what is the relationship?
thanks, let's also remember I am a little gun shy from past bad stuff so I am stepping carefully...