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Nutrition Supplement Firm Will Expand Into Ex-Palm Coast Data Building, With 50 Jobs

| November 19, 2015

Designs for Health, a nutritional supplement and vitamins company, will get a $25,000 county subsidy to expand from Hargrove Grade to Commerce Boulevard in exchange for 50 jobs and a $3 million investment in the old Palm Coast Data building complex.

Unearned Audacity: On Economic Development, Flagler Tells Voters to Drop Dead

| October 27, 2013

State law requires Flagler County to ask voters permission in a referendum, every 10 years, to give new companies tax subsidies. The Flagler County Commission wants to trash that law and let a supermajority of four commissioners make the decision for voters instead. It’s the latest example of a commission more enamored of its power than in tune with voters.

A Tiff, and Broader Implications, In County’s Hope of Eliminating Voter Voice in Economic Development

| October 7, 2013

In a reflection of government-backed economic development’s dim luster, Flagler County want to eliminate voters’ role in giving local governments authority to extend tax breaks to companies. That proposal led to a clash Monday between government critic Dennis McDonald and Commissioner Barbara Revels.

For $50,000, Flagler County Hires Marketing Firm to Buff Up Economic Development

| August 20, 2012

The Flagler County Commission this evening approved a $50,000 contract with Orlando-based Solodev, a marketing and web-design firm that pledges to launch the county’s revamped economic development website by January 2013.

Rites of Spring: Flagler’s Jobs Council Retreats to Princess Place for Goal-Setting With CEO

| March 28, 2012

For the third time in three years, an economic development effort gets under way to “to lead Flagler County out of the dismal economic landscape” of the last few years, hoping, this time, to make a mark.

Flagler’s and Florida’s Economic Development Hoax

| March 18, 2012

Florida lawmakers and their local replicas seem hypnotized by the buzz of economic development, nattering about it with great stamina. But it’s a hoax, and a costly one. The assault on public and higher education of the last few years proves it.

Perth Amboy’s Van Eckert Accepts Flagler’s Offer To Be Economic Development CEO

| January 30, 2012

Helga Van Eckert has accepted Flagler County’s government’s offer to become its latest economic development CEO. She will start in late February with a salary of close to $110,000 a year. The future of Greg Rawls, the previous CEO still serving through the transition, is unclear.

Jobs Council Interviews 3 Vastly Different Candidates for Top Economic Development Job

| January 5, 2012

None of the three candidates for the $100,000 job lacked in confidence, experience or enthusiasm, and each projecting enough qualities but sharply different temperaments to make a choice between them difficult. That choice may be made Friday.

More Candidates for Jobs Council’s Top Post Drop Out, Citing Expectation of Creating Jobs

| December 22, 2011

Some candidates were worried that they’d be expected to create 200 jobs in their first year, though candidates have also been raising concerns over the checkered political history of economic development in Flagler County.

“Between Us Girls”: Jobs Council Hears Drones, Stunners and Enthusiasm in 7 CEO Interviews

| December 14, 2011

Flagler County’s economic development council conducted seven phone interviews over four hours this afternoon, hoping to pare down its list to three or four candidates who’d be interviewed in person.

As Flagler Jobs Council Narrows CEO Shortlist, Few Stand-Outs and Some Concerns

| November 30, 2011

Not a single candidate got unanimity from all nine council members. Only one candidate got eight votes but the circumstances of his departure from his last job are very cloudy.

Sunshine Lessons Clouded By Possibly Dimmer Visibility as Jobs Council Meets for 1st Time

| November 23, 2011

Flagler’s nine-member Economic Development Council conducted the equivalent of a meet-and-greet for itself on Tuesday and promptly reversed a promise that all meetings would be televised live, opting instead for audio broadcasts.

Subtle Revelations as Commissioners Speed-Date Through 15 Job Council Candidates

| October 25, 2011

An inside look at today’s rapid-fire one-on-one job interviews with 15 of the 36 candidates looking to fill the county commission’s nine-member economic development council.

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.


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