City seeks EDA funds

City seeks EDA funds by David Lias The Vermillion City Council agreed Monday to pitch in $16,000 toward a $40,000 strategic planning project.

The local funds will allow Vermillion to receive federal assistance from the Economic Development Administration.

The mix of federal and local dollars will total $40,000, and will be used to conduct a labor availability survey and a housing needs assessment in the wake of recent employee lay-offs at Gateway.

John Paulson, president of the Vermillion Development Company Board of Directors, told the council the labor and housing surveys are important to the city's future.

"The purpose of obtaining that information is to assist us in the recruitment of new businesses to the community," he said. "They (employers) typically look for information about the availability of labor; they want to know what the housing market is like, particularly if they want to recruit people."

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