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Economic plan nears completion

Friday, July 6, 2007

The plan for future economic development of Brazil is nearly complete.

The Brazil City Advisory Plan Commission reviewed the final draft of the city's Comprehensive Plan at its meeting Thursday night.

In the works for several months, the plan has been plotted out by representatives of Ball State University.

James Segedy, Director of Community Based Projects at Ball State presented the final draft and answered questions from the commission regarding the plan.

Segedy said the best thing for the city is to utilize the county's economic strengths and use the city's existing infrastructure to revitalize Brazil.

"Agriculture and mining are the greatest strengths of the county," Segedy said. "Incorporating them into the downtown area of the city will also open more opportunities for grant funding so the city itself won't have to front the bulk of the cost. However, the best thing to do is place any new business into the existing buildings of the city rather than adding to the infrastructure."

The comprehensive plan is composed of two sections.

The first section covers the background and demographics of the city, along with providing a general blueprint of what the city has to offer when it comes to education, employment opportunities and retail possibilities.

The second part covers development guidelines and gives suggestions on how to enhance and improve on the existing status of the city. This section also cites specific examples of general approaches for economic development and potential opportunities to find funding for future projects.

"The goals for revitalizing Brazil should be proactive, not reactive," Segedy said.

The commission will discuss the Comprehensive Plan, along with possible ordinances to put the plan in action at future meetings.

Changes in political positions within the city has also led to vacancies on the commission.

Former Brazil City Fire Chief Tobey Archer submitted a letter of resignation from the commission earlier in the day. Archer had been appointed to the commission as a department head representative. Also, by becoming the interim Mayor of Brazil, Ann Bradshaw vacated her position on the commission as a representative of the Common Council of the City of Brazil. Her replacement will be appointed at the next council meeting, which is anticipated to be council member Pat Heffner.

The next meeting of the Brazil City Advisory Plan Commission will be Thursday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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