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IDA, Chamber ready to renew contract
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The Effingham Industrial Development Authority is likely to renew its professional services contract with the Effingham Chamber of Commerce.

The IDA discussed the contract at its May meeting, and IDA members appear to be in support of extending the agreement with the Chamber.

“We truly appreciate what we regard as a good partnership,” said Chamber Executive Director Rick Lott. “The Chamber is here to work with the IDA and other groups to do everything we can to increase the quality of life and do what we can to improve the business climate here.”

The contract that calls for the IDA to pay the Chamber $45,000 a year. In return, the Chamber maintains a database of existing industries and corporate contacts and it administers ongoing services to such industries as need. Chamber staff members also act as liaisons during IDA prospect visits.

“You make our job easier,” IDA member Dick Knowlton said. “I think it’s a good partnership, and I think it’s very fair. I’ve been in organizations where that doesn’t exist, and it’s a pain. It’s important we keep it going.”

The Chamber also has several local industries display their products and services during the annual Effingham Day at the Capitol.

“I’ve been satisfied with the progress and the scope of work,” said IDA CEO John Henry.

The IDA’s contract with the IDA will go into effect in July. Of the total, $10,000 will go toward the cost of Effingham Day at the Capitol and $35,000 will be directed toward the scope of services.