EDA updates job description, begins search for director

At the October 8, meeting of the Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), board members discussed the need to have a director to oversee economic development activities.

EDA board members Scott Harrison, Heidi Doo-Kirk and EDA Chair Mark Sandbo said they had met and discussed the EDA director job description.

The minimum qualifications for an EDA director were discussed. Doo-Kirk asked if education could be listed lower on the job description, as an experienced person may be discouraged from applying if they feel they don’t meet the education requirements and they think the EDA feels education is more important than experience. Doo-Kirk said, “Someone may be four credits from a degree, but won’t seek the job because we’re saying education is more important than experience. I would rather see a director with experience.”

The board also discussed how the position would be funded. Harrison said the EDA has budgeted $35,000 - $40,000 for a part-time director. Harrison said the EDA could work with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and could possibly get ½ to ¾ of that money back through the economic development program.


Sandbo said, “We have ‘x’ number of dollars budgeted for a director, but it’s used up in other places. We have to make sure the person has control and this money is kept for this purpose. If we get the right person in here, we can get things done. I believe we’re turning the corner with the EDA and we’re heading in the right direction.”


The board agreed to accept applications for the EDA director position until December 1. Resumes should be sent to Chair Mark Sandbo at mjsandbo@boreal.org.