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More changes to EDC subcommittees

The Economic Development Committee’s new chair, Ginny McLain-Tate of BB&T bank, made yet another change to the group’s subcommittee arrangement at the EDC meeting last August.

It was the third change to the subcommittees in the past three months.

The new set-up creates two subcommittees to reflect the EDC’s new, lower membership of nine members, rather than 15.

It also aligns the subcommittee goals more closely with Farragut’s recently adopted Strategic Plan.

Rather than a “visitor recruitment and retention” subcommittee, McLain-Tate said she’d like to expand the subcommittee into one for “marketing and development.”

Goals of that sub-group would include tourism promotion, Town events coordination, historical site promotion, season programs coordination and input on Town ordinances, among other things.

“All of these things would have a positive residential impact,” McLain-Tate said.

Her subcommittee change was unanimously approved by the EDC.

Serving on the marketing and development subcommittee are Alderman Bob Markli, Jim Nixon, David Purvis, Ram Suga and Naoko Blue.

Serving on the already-existing business recruitment and retention subcommittee are Knick Myers, Phil Dangel, Jim Holladay and McLain-Tate.

In other business, the EDC:

• Learned about requirements and regulations regarding Tennessee’s “Sunshine Law,” or Open Meetings Act, with which EDC members are expected to comply.

“All public meetings and public discussions should be in the sunshine,” Town Administrator David Smoak said.

“You don’t need a quorum to violate the law ... you just need two,” he added.

Smoak also explained deliberating via e-mail or over the phone also would constitute a violation of the Sunshine Law.

“The minute you say, ‘What do you think about this?’ you’ve done something wrong,” Smoak said.

• Looked over Farragut business listings taken from Knox County business applications. Smoak said there are just over 420 businesses in Farragut, and nearly half of them are home-based.

“There are a lot of home-based businesses in Town,” Smoak said.


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