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News EDC contemplates future without Dalton

Trevor DaltonMacon County officials announced last week that the county’s EDC Director, Trevor Dalton, had resigned from his position on Sept. 11. Dalton served Macon County for more than two years before deciding to change his career path. In his resignation letter, Dalton wrote that he wanted to “further my education and career in the private sector.”

Dalton was hired in the summer of 2009 after an extensive 10-month search by the county’s economic development commission. EDC members were impressed with Dalton’s financial background and his experience in software development. The commission was also enthused with Dalton’s youth, as it coincided with one of the EDC’s main priorities of keeping young local talent in Macon County.

“He decided to make a course change and do a few different things, and he is still young enough to do whatever he wants to do,” said county manager Jack Horton at the EDC’s special meeting Tuesday evening. “We won’t be seeing the last of him I don’t think, but he is going to do something different for a while,” said Horton.

During the meeting, Horton took a few minutes to review Dalton’s accomplishments as EDC Director. Dalton started Macon County’s annual business appreciation banquet and assisted in helping Macon County become a certified entrepreneurial community, which was completed last spring. Dalton was also instrumental in updating the EDC’s website, a resource that gives aspiring entrepreneurs and potential investors the opportunity to obtain information about Macon County. Furthermore, as the EDC director Dalton provided a substantial amount of support to the county’s business incubators.

“He was thankful for the experience, and we wish him all the best. We appreciate his services to the county and the EDC, and we will do our best to fill the position in the near future,” said Horton.

The county will not hire an interim EDC director, as County Manager Jack Horton and EDC Chairman Ed Shatley will take on dual roles.

In other EDC news, county and town officials were not successful in recruiting the Mast General Store to the Franklin area. EDC members are also trying to rent out a few parcels in the old Wal-Mart store, as the development of the Super Wal-Mart shopping center nears completion.


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