County Board Hears Enterprise Zone Update & Concerns Over Possible Raffle/Poker Run Permits

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Greenville Economic Development Director Adam Stroud visited the Bond County Board’s most recent meeting. Stroud detailed the enterprise zone the city will apply for at the end of the month. Stroud said the city was denied their most recent application for a zone because the expiration date for the current zone was still two years away. He said the new application would be for the exact same zone and would include more information on the local workforce.

Stroud requested the county board’s official support of the application and the board authorized Chairman Howard Elmore to sign off in support of the effort.

Stroud also shared that he’s heard the Molinero plant will open next year in the Wolf Industrial Park and said the Greenville Veterinary Clinic has plans to hire new employees and build a new facility near the industrial park next year.

The board also heard from Mulberry Grove resident Jim Blankenship, a member of local veterans’ organizations. Blankenship expressed concern over the board’s recent conversation about the possibility of requiring non-profit groups to obtain permits to conduct raffles and poker runs in the county. He pointed out the financial and time imposition the action would create for groups that are run by volunteers. Blankenship suggested an annual or lifetime permit. The board said they had not made any decisions on the matter and would take his comments into consideration.

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