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ICECA official explains status

IRON RIVER—While the recent budget issues impacting the county – from the expected in the form of MERS pension payments to the unexpected in the guise of a cratering of funding coming from the state – have generated their own difficulties, the budgeting process for organizations and concerns that operate within the county do not operate in a vacuum localized to Crystal Falls.
    For the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance, a county-level economic development outfit that was organized nearly three years ago, part of its efforts to secure funding include liaising with area communities and presenting status updates and its overall case to the leadership of those places. In this case, the city of Iron River was the subject of focus at the regular monthly meeting of the its city council on Oct. 16.
    The presentation was preceded by city manager David Thayer giving a three-minute long overview of ICECA activity since its inception a few years back. Thayer also spoke about recent debates over county funding of the ICECA.
    After Thayer concluded his remarks, ICECA Executive Director Paul Schuytema gave a report on the Alliance’s activity. He framed ICECA’s work as a collaborative effort with other area organizations. He also said Iron River has done much to contribute to the ICECA’s activities by providing affordable rent to the organization, and through the management agreement with the RV park.

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