The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission heard from Interim Director of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation Greg Hildebrand during their meeting this month. He was there to seek support for the commission’s annual contribution to the MCEDC.
Hildebrand said in years past the contribution has been $30,000 for their assistance to the City of Plymouth.
Plymouth City Attorney Sean Surrisi said the Redevelopment Commission has been funding this for the past 5 or 6 years. This year, the formal agreement was modified slightly to increase the payment from $30,000 to $37,500. He explained the increase by saying, “In past years the commission has supported the city’s work with the U.S. 30 Coalition, a non-profit advocacy group working for the last 6 or 7 years to advance U.S. 30 to freeway status.”
In the past, the Redevelopment Commission has paid $12,000 in dues annually to the U.S. 30 Coalition. This year the dues went up to $15,000 and with discussions between the city and the County Commissioners, the county has agreed to pay half of that bill. Instead of the Redevelopment Commission directly paying the bill, they will pass through the funds to the MCEDC and they will pay the city’s portion. MCEDC has representation on the U.S. 30 Coalition by interim director Greg Hildebrand and the county’s other representative on the coalition is Mayor Mark Senter.
Surrisi said the Redevelopment Commission will see a net savings in expenses since the U.S. 30 Coalition dues will be shared between the city and county.
The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved the agreement for 2023 with the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation.