COLE COUNTY — The Cole County Commission Tuesday voted to award an economic deal to two consulting companies - effectively ending a partnership with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce for 2019.
Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman cast the 'no' vote on the deal. He said the partnership with the JCACC had lasted more than a decade.
"I've been a merchant downtown for over 40 years," he said. "I think the Chamber has done a lot of really good things for Jefferson City and Cole County, so I'd rather stay with the tried and true than to go with something new."
Commissioner Kris Scheperle voted 'yes' to the deal with Victory Enterprises and Strategic Capitol Consulting.
"Victory Enterprises and Strategic Capitol Consulting will bring local experience and national reach to our region's economic development efforts," he wrote in a statement. "We look forward to working collaboratively with their teams and all stakeholders, including the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, to create jobs and opportunities through potential projects like the port and many others."
According to the company's website, Victory Enterprises is a political and corporate consulting and communications firm based in Davenport, Iowa. Leadership from the company presented a proposal to the Commission to be considered for the economic development deal.
Strategic Capitol Consulting is a government affairs and consulting business based in Chesterfield.
The two companies will be awarded $120,000 to foster economic development within Cole County. The partnership with JCACC will end Dec. 31.
"We are proud of the results our economic development efforts have produced over the last decade working together with the City of Jefferson, Cole County, and the private sector," JCACC President and CEO Randy Allen wrote in a statement. "Working together, we have created over 2,000 jobs, $97 Million in new wages, and $272 Million in new real and personal property investment through a very challenging economic cycle. These jobs and wages directly impact area businesses and the quality of life while the increase in property investment and new wages have had a substantial positive impact to tax revenues for the City, County and Schools."
Allen said under current contracts, the Chamber will continue to provide joint economic development support to the city and county until the end of the calendar year, but it will shift to a "single representation" model, which will focus on Jefferson City, beginning Jan. 1.