More than halfway through its “Best of Barrow” fundraising campaign, the Barrow Economic Development Council is struggling to keep the effort viable.
Pledges from local businesses and governments as of last week were about $250,000, which is a little over 10 percent of the $2.2 million goal. But all of the initial $100,000 in seed money provided by the Winder-Barrow Industrial Building Authority last May to cover the first half of campaign expenses has been spent. And when the EDC requested the second $100,000 last week from the Joint Development Authority of Winder-Barrow County — most of whose members also serve on the IBA — the response was tepid.
Told by authority chairman David Smith that without any additional funding the campaign would be “dead,” the JDA members after a lengthy discussion authorized an immediate expenditure of $25,000, which is enough for only a few weeks of both the campaign and the continued operation of the one-person EDC office across from Chateau Elan.