By: Diane Benjamin
EDC is the Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council. They get your tax money but are not subject to FOIA. Bloomington cut their subsidy because of accountability.
The President/CEO, Patrick Hoban, spoke at the joint the meeting of Bloomington, Normal, and McLean County held September 30, 2019.
On this video at 5:40 Patrick says they have a staff of three people. I don’t know if he meant three people working on economic development projects or three total.
On the EDC website only two staff people are listed – Patrick and an Administrative Assistant. https://www.bnbiz.org/about/staff/
Patrick said at this meeting he had only been on the job for 2 months.
Any other employees the EDC used to have are gone. They are advertising for two new people:
Two New EDC Job Postings: BRE Manager and Project Manager
Business Retention and Expansion Manager: Reporting to the CEO, the Business Retention and Expansion Manager advances the mission of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, its Board, Executive Committee, and CEO by building relationships with local businesses, presenting economic development resources for expansion and reporting data from business interviews.
Project Manager: Reporting to the CEO, the Project Manager advances the mission of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, its Board, Executive Committee, and CEO by managing Economic Development projects and initiatives.
Since the EDC gets tax money, we should know why this complete turnover of staff happened. Were the previous employees not the “right fit”? Maybe the EDC isn’t the “right fit”?
Is BN Advantage dead? It looks like only a website. Think local government will ever figure out attempting to control progress/economic development means there is less of it?