City extends LaGrow agreementPublished 8:30am Wednesday, March 10, 2010
By JOHN EBY
Dowagiac Daily News
Dowagiac City Council Monday night sweetened Cynthia “Cindy” LaGrow’s economic development consulting services $24,720 base contract with incentives to create new revenue streams.
Four specific bonus clauses include:
• $100 for each environmental review.
• $150 for each grant written for the benefit of Dowagiac or a city taxpayer.
• $25 for each tax abatement processed through the city that is approved by the State Tax Commission.
• $50 for each brownfield project the city authorizes.
Based on last year’s activities, City Manager Kevin Anderson said, these incentives would have cost the city $550.
Additional terms include:
• A one-year extension expiring in March 2011.
• Contractor must hold proprietary business information in confidence.
• Covenant to not compete for a period of two years after the expiration of the agreement with the City of Dowagiac. Anderson said the continual, professional recruitment of private development is a cornerstone to the economic vitality of a community.
Competition is extremely strong for the limited number of businesses currently investing capital in Michigan and it is imperative for the city to take active leadership in this area. This contract focuses on industrial development and represents one of several ways in which the City of Dowagiac seeks economic development.
LaGrow Consulting has consistently demonstrated professional, committed industrial economic development activities for the City of Dowagiac, according to Anderson’s memo.
“This is a good way to look at contracts like this, which reward successful activity,” Anderson said.