The county commissioners and the economic development commission are now on the same track regarding attracting industry to Carroll County.
Yesterday, the commissioners officially adopted the Carroll County Economic Development Commission's economic development strategic plan. Commission members, led by Michael Burden, have been working on the 10-page plan for about a year.
Members began formally writing the plan in November.
"We all have agree on a plan and be moving in the same direction," said Mr. Burden. "Then it will flow down through all the agencies. We have to look at this like a business and have the same strategic goals to move forward."
Each of the plan's four areas of concentration -- Carroll's work force and competition with other counties, industrial land, infrastructure and financial needs -- will have a committee to oversee developments.
Committees should be formed in July after the new EDC board takes office, Mr. Burden said.
"All the goals are realistic, and I commend you for that," said Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy. "Also, there is a tracking and monitoring measurement system built in and that is most important."
The plan, which will change as Carroll County's economic development needs change, will probably be updated at the end of this year, Mr. Burden said.
"Time slips away," he said. "We're going to have to keep on top of it."