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Batavia full-time development post OK’d

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 7:04 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Aldermen on Monday voted to make the city’s economic development position a full-time post.

“I’m encouraged to see what this person can do,” 7th Ward Alderman Dawn Tenuta said.

Meredith Hannah had been the city’s economic development analyst since July 2008, but Hannah left the part-time post in February.

Assistant City Administrator Jason Bajor said making the position full-time would help the city.

“The primary focus of the position would revolve around business retention and expansion, as well as marketing and attraction,” Bajor said in a memo to aldermen.

The position would pay between $55,000 and $77,000 a year. He said staff had conducted a review of comparable positions within the employment market.

“Estimating a starting salary at the midpoint [$65,000] and with additional benefits, the total cost for the position is projected to be about $94,000,” Bajor said.

Hannah earned about $36,000 a year in the part-time role.

Staff has budgeted 25 percent of the cost of the position to be supported by the downtown’s tax increment financing districts.

“Given the considerable economic development efforts focused within the downtown area, it is a conservative estimate that 25 percent of this position’s time will be focused on downtown activities,” Bajor said.

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