Agenda Item No. 24


Introduced by the County Services Committee of the:








WHEREAS, Joe Guenther  served as a member of the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors since April of 1994; and


WHEREAS, during his tenure on the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Joe held the position of  Chairperson for the past 9 years; and


WHEREAS, under Joe’s leadership efforts were enhanced for inter-County cooperation for Local Development Finance Authorities, local Economic Development Corporations and Downtown Development Authorities; and


WHEREAS, as a strong advocate for regional efforts, Joe participated in the structuring of the Regional Economic Development Team, which promotes economic growth and the creation of jobs in the Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County areas; and  


WHEREAS, he was very instrumental in creating the Ingham County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority as an effort to save green space within the County; and


WHEREAS, he also assisted in the retention of important employers throughout the County, such as Jackson National Life; and


WHEREAS, Joe played a vital role in streamlining the County’s Economic Development Office to be more cost efficient, while at the same time providing more services to local governments to enhance economic growth in the area; and


WHEREAS, at the end of December, 2004, Joe resigned from his position on the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors after nearly 11 years of service to serve the community as a member of the Ingham County Road Commission.


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners hereby honors Joe Guenther for his years of dedicated service to the County of Ingham and for his dedication and commitment to enhancing economic growth and development in the tri-county area and improving the quality of life for the citizens of Ingham County.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board wishes Joe continued success as a member of the Ingham County Road Commission.


COUNTY SERVICES:  Yeas:  Celentino, Copedge, De Leon, Schor, Severino, Vickers

   Nays:  None             Absent:  None            Approved 1/18/05