The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors honored two requests on Tuesday to assist in economic development projects.
Joni DeVos, director of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and Mark Buschkamp, director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, presented a request for supporting a marketing expert who will be coming to Cherokee in February to give advice to business owners on attracting customers.
Jon Schallert, president of the Schallert Group. Inc., will be in Cherokee on Feb. 17 to hold a seminar and then a round table discussion. On Feb. 18, he will conduct a walking tour of downtown businesses. The evening of Feb. 18, he will be a keynote speaker at the annual awards banquet.
DeVos said that she has attended a session conducted by Schallert and was very impressed. At that time, the cost was $200 per individual for participation, but the visit by Schallert to Cherokee is being underwritten to minimize expense.
There is a $25 fee for participation in the seminar, a $25 fee for participation in the round table and a $15 for participation in the walking tour. (These fees are for chamber members. An extra fee is charged for non-chamber members).
The Cherokee City Council had voted last month to contribute $750 for the program. The supervisors on Tuesday approved $1,500 to help with the program.
Additionally, Buschkamp requested that the county subsidize the printing of 1,000 brochures designed specifically to attract a dairy operation to Cherokee County.
The plan is to have 700 sent along with a local person who will be traveling to Netherlands and more will be taken on a visit to a World Expo in California.
Buschkamp said the printing cost will be between $1,300 and $1,500. The supervisors approved an amount not to exceed $1,500 for the printing.
Money for both projects comes from the county betterment fund, a fund that comes from county local option sales tax specifically earmarked for county betterment.