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“Corruption Risks” Cited at Enterprise Florida, the State’s Economic Development Agency

| April 26, 2012

Integrity Florida, a new watchdog group, faults Enterprise Flagler, the public-private partnership, for producing too few jobs while perks such as tax breaks and incentive grants went to corporations that paid to serve on the agency’s board.

All-Business Snub: Flagler County Can’t Fill Its Own Economic Development Council Seats

| October 4, 2011

Only four people have applied for the county commission’s eight-member economic development council, an embarrassing result for the government that dissolved Enterprise Flagler, claiming it could do the job better.

County’s Economic Board Would Exclude Cities and Bank on $400,000 a Year in Tax Dollars

| August 23, 2011

The county commission’s latest direction was surprising and divided, as a 3-2 majority settled on an economic development board with just one government represented–the county–and eight seats filled by business representatives with economic development experience.

Coalition of Cities Meets in Wake of One Agency’s Death and Its Own Uncertain Life

| August 21, 2011

The Flagler County Coalition of Cities held its second meeting only for its Flagler Beach, Bunnell and Beverly Beach members to confirm what’s already known: that much remains unknown about the future of the county’s plan to fight unemployment.

Enterprise Flagler Is No More

| August 18, 2011

After 11 years, Enterprise Flagler voted unanimously on Thursday to disband, a vote reflecting resignation to financial realities (Palm Coast and Flagler County are no longer funding the agency) rather than enthusiasm from Enterprise Flagler members. There is no clear plan in place to replace the agency’s work.

A Divided County Commission Votes 3-2 To End Support for Enterprise Flagler

| August 8, 2011

Alan Peterson, Nate McLaughlin and Milissa Holland agreed to end support for Enterprise Flagler after David Ottati, the agency’s president, made his pitch for an up-or-down vote.

As Proposed County Budget Kills Enterprise Flagler, Ottati Asks for Up Or Down Vote

| August 7, 2011

Mired in disarray, economic development’s future in Flagler County is mobilizing around two competing plans–the county’s and enterprise Flagler’s–with Enterprise Flagler asking for a vote and Palm Coast still sitting it all out.

Florida Hospital Flagler’s David Ottati Is Among Northeast’s Ultimate CEO Award Winners

| August 4, 2011

The Jacksonville Business Journal’s fifth annual Ultimate CEO Award drew some 40 nominations from northeast Florida. Ottati, Florida Hospital Flagler’s CEO for the past five years, was among 13 winners.

Public Money, Public Purpose, Closed Doors: Enterprise Flagler and Chamber Carry On

| August 4, 2011

In a closed-door session, the Flagler Chamber of Commerce is hosting a delegation from Enterprise Flagler today to discuss economic development plans that would be publicly funded and publicly governed.

With or Without Palm Coast, County Would Lead New Economic Development Council

| July 29, 2011

The county’s proposal would mean the end of Enterprise Flagler and the creation of a 9-member council chaired by the county, with cities and private-sector membership overseeing a $410,000 budget. Palm Coast’s buy in is a question mark.

Coalition of Cities Meets, Its Mission As Fuzzy as Its Place in Flagler’s Economic Bog

| July 15, 2011

The Coalition of Cities is Flagler’s smaller cities’ answer to being snubbed at a larger economic-development table. But the snub is over. The coalition remains. It’s not exactly clear why, and it underscores the frayed political landscape behind facades of unity.

Flagler’s Economic Development Plans In the Air as County-Wide Summit Is Cancelled

| June 13, 2011

Between the unfinished work of some committees and the divisive fallout from a proposed restructuring of Enterprise Flagler, what was to be the sixth summit since January is delayed to an uncertain date.

Bunnell and Flagler Beach Angrily Denounce Enterprise Flagler’s Secretive “Done Deal”

| June 9, 2011

A closed meeting restructuring Enterprise Flagler last week is unraveling into angry reactions by those left out, putting at risk half a year of economic development discussions and further miring the public-private partnership in controversy.

Palm Coast Data Lays Off Dozens and Loses Large NRA Membership Services Account

| June 5, 2011

The NRA account represented 5 million members and a lucrative source of income. The loss compounds other losses in magazine titles that are either closing or migrating to other fulfillment companies.

In Day of No-Shows, Latest Economic Summit Slouches Toward Enterprise Flagler

| May 13, 2011

The end isn’t near: Friday’s economic-development summit between local governments and business launched more committee meetings and assigned Enterprise Flagler the responsibility of devising who might lead the effort in the future.

Summit-Scaling: Enterprise Flagler, Rising Again, Wants $6.5 Million Over 3 Years

| May 12, 2011

What you can expect at Friday’s economic-development summit: Demands for more tax dollars, speculative promises of thousands of jobs from executives, skepticism and disconnects. In short, a retread of old scenarios.

Economic Development Set Punts Again to More Meetings, Postponing Hard Questions

| March 18, 2011

The same five “strategic goals” were hashed over again in the third day of an economic development summit, and a fourth was scheduled in May, for yet another $7,000 for “facilitator” Don Upton, bringing his tax-funded total to $30,000.

Familiar Slogans and More Familiar Questions as 2-Day Economic Development Summit Ends

| March 5, 2011

It was left up to Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon to remind the assembled that slogans don’t make economic development policy, and unity of message is still far from a given in a county with diverse interests and constituencies.

Marriage Encounters: Can This Man Bring Flagler Together for $1,100 an Hour?

| March 5, 2011

The consultant Flagler County hired to shepherd local governments through their political and financial obstacles related to economic development has a long record of bracing cheerleading. Dividends are less clear.

Economic Development Summit: Diagnostic Kumbayas Drown Out Harder Questions

| March 4, 2011

Day one of the summit produced generous and optimistic self-evaluations from some 60 elected and had-picked representatives of local governments, but no breakthrough on fundamental differences on economic development financing or leadership.

Palm Coast Largely Rejects County’s Economic Development Track, Including New Tax

| January 25, 2011

Ahead of Jan. 31′s countywide summit on economic development, Palm Coast is saying no to a new sales tax, no to a common pot that limits Palm Coast’s influence, and no to a new economic development council.

Blank Check: City and County Bankrolling Enterprise Flagler Without a Contract

| January 25, 2011

Since 2006, Enterprise Flagler, the public-private economic development partnership, has received more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars from Palm Coast and Flagler County. Elected officials are just discovering there was no contract.

Seeking “One Voice” At Countywide Economic Summit, Commissioners Can’t Agree On Theirs

| January 24, 2011

County commissioners can’t agree on what the county’s economic development plan should be, or what should come first–a strategy, a funding mechanism or a structure to manage the whole thing. They’ll try again Tuesday.

For Jobless Flagler, 3 Economic Development Plans But Little Direction or Unity

| January 4, 2011

As joblessness persists in Flagler County, local governments want to increase their role in economic development, but there’s no agreement about who would lead, and how.

John Mica’s Politbureau: How the Chamber Endorses While Pretending Not to Endorse

| October 22, 2010

Flagler County’s Whigs and wigged coupled and clapped at the Palm Coast Yacht Club as John Mica accepted tributes and dispensed charismatic prepositions on his way to a 10th term in Congress.

Defeated Without a Vote, Economic Tax Talk Shifts Back Uncertainly to the County

| October 4, 2010

A sales tax increase to fund economic development may still be discussed, but its chances of being enacted any time soon are slim to none. Governments want to talk.

“Economic Development” Tax Dies: Enterprise Flagler Wants It Removed from the Ballot

| October 1, 2010

Enterprise Flagler will ask the county commission to ensure that the voting on the troubled tax not be counted. Plan B: a sales tax proposal.

Enterprise Flagler’s Tax-and-Build Plan Bombs as Tea Party Wags a Big No

| September 21, 2010

Not unexpectedly, a tea party crowd of about 250 clearly rejected the proposal, appearing on November’s ballot, to raise taxes to build industrial structures in hopes of getting new jobs.

Its Initiative in Flames, Enterprise Flagler Hands Tax-and-Build Plan’s Fate to Tea Party

| September 17, 2010

The Flagler County Tea Party Group will hold a straw ballot on Enterprise Flagler’s tax-and-build “economic development” initiative on Sept. 21. Enterprise Flagler may then ask the county commission to pull the measure from the ballot.

Hometown Democracy and Class-Size Amendments Spark Up Civic Association Forum

| September 10, 2010

The Flagler Palm Coast Civic Association’s forum featured contrasting views on ballot proposals that would affect class sizes, development laws, and two local taxes.

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