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The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce may just get a second chance at landing an economic development contract with the City of Mountain Home after City Council passed a resolution declaring Economic Development as a professional service.
The resolution comes after the Chamber made an attempt to secure an economic contract last year. That attempt fell apart after City Council approved the deal illegally. The Chamber received pushback from the public for its attempts to make the contract with the City of Mountain Home and Baxter County.
While the resolution does give the Chamber a second chance, it doesn’t ensure that the Chamber will be the organization chosen to help Mountain Home with its economic development.
Instead, City Attorney Roger Morgan and City Council have opted for a more transparent route by having the city submit a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) out to the public for economic development. After the RFQ goes out, the city will then hold interviews with any interested parties. The City of Mountain Home will also draft a list of desired economic development outcomes in the process.
The passing of the resolution does not involve a financial commitment from the city at this point in time.
In addition to the city’s recent economic development resolution, Baxter County has announced that its Economic Development Committee will be meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of the Baxter County Courthouse to discuss the creation of an Economic Development Position within the county.