[Adopted as indicated in text (Ch. 26 of the 1990 Code of Public Local Laws)]
[1963, ch. 302, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-6(a); 2000, ch. 46]
The Economic Development Commission of Cecil County is created for the purpose of advancing the general economic welfare of the people through the establishment of programs and activities that result in new economic activity, job growth, and expansion of the local tax base, and that relate to manufacturing, distribution, research and development, corporate and regional offices, agriculture, and tourism; and to cooperate with and offer assistance to existing industries and businesses in order to facilitate economic expansion, and to promote and encourage the establishment and location of new industries and businesses in Cecil County; and to develop and implement workforce development initiatives intended to foster and develop gainful employment opportunities for all who are now or may hereafter be residents of Cecil County.
[1963, ch. 302, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-6(b); 1988, ch. 227; 2000, ch. 46; amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
The Commission shall consist of not fewer than 23 nor more than 33 members, who shall be appointed by the County Executive in accordance with the Charter. Members should reasonably represent the various sectors within Cecil County and shall be selected because of their known experience and interest in the economic development of Cecil County. The membership shall include one representative from each municipal corporation located in the County, who shall be selected by their respective Mayor and Commissioners. The membership shall also include two representatives from the community at large who are interested in the economic well-being of Cecil County.
[1963, ch. 302, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-6(c); 1988, ch. 227; § 2; 2000, ch. 46; amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
The members of the Commission shall serve for three years from the effective date of their appointment and are eligible for reappointment. They shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for necessary travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The Commission shall select from its own membership a Chair, Vice Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer to serve a term of one year and to be eligible for reelection, provided that no one person shall hold the position of Chair for more than three consecutive terms. Upon the death, disability, resignation, or removal of any member of the Commission, the County Executive, in accordance with the Charter, shall appoint a person representing generally the same business, municipal, or community interest to serve for the unexpired term. The Commission has the power to establish and appoint advisory groups and committees to assist in its program of activity, which membership is not restricted solely to members of the Commission.
[1963, ch. 302, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-6(d); 1988, ch. 227; § 2; 2000, ch. 46; amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
The Commission shall meet regularly and may hold special meetings at the call of the Chair or a majority of the members of the Commission. The Commission shall adopt such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary to govern its procedure and business. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. The Commission shall submit to the County Executive an annual operating budget for each fiscal year for the approval by the Cecil County Council, and the Cecil County Council shall provide such funds as it may approve. The Commission is empowered to employ such employees as its business may require, within the limits of its appropriation.
[1963, ch. 302, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-6(e); 2000, ch. 46]
An annual report shall be made by the Economic Development Commission and filed with the County within 90 days of the end of the fiscal year and made available to the public. The annual report shall include an assessment of performance of the Commission and the staff of the Office of Economic Development, as well as subjects and recommendations for the improvement and advancement of the economic welfare of the people of Cecil County.
[1963, ch. 302, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-6(f); 1988, ch. 227, § 2; 2000, ch. 46]
The Commission may:
Investigate and assemble information pertinent to the economic resources and industrial opportunities of the County.
Encourage the expansion of existing enterprises and encourage the location of new industrial facilities in the County.
Encourage development of agribusiness and promote tourist business in the County, making the public aware of the County's history and culture.
Disseminate information in the interest of industrial development by publication, advertising and other means.
Develop strategic alliances with federal, state, regional, and local economic development and business organizations in the furtherance of its purposes.
Cooperate with any interested private entities, civic organizations or subdivisions thereof in furtherance of its purposes.