By Erica Solvig
Enquirer staff writer
Deerfield and Symmes townships are talking with the local chamber of commerce about hiring a business recruiter.
The Northeast Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce would hire the recruiter, but the townships would contribute to an estimated $40,000 to $50,000 salary, Symmes Township Administrator Jerry Beckman said at a recent township work session.
"It's not happening now - they don't have anybody assigned particularly to the economic development issues," Chamber President John Harris said. "This manager will be a 'go-to' and act as a liaison for small and large businesses. The major emphasis will be on retention."
Neither Symmes nor Deerfield has an employee dedicated to recruitment. However Mason, the only city within the chamber's focus along Interstate 71, has a three-person staff focusing on business recruitment and retention.
Harris said the employee's responsibilities would extend to "the unincorporated areas." That could include nearby Hamilton Township, which was approached about a month ago by Deerfield Township officials.
Harris said the chamber has noticed a need for years. But recently, the three entities have been floating the idea of hiring someone during the first quarter of 2005.
"It would help I think to have someone there who is dedicated to resolving some particular complaints," Deerfield Township Administrator Greg Horwedel said. "But we don't have the available general fund dollars here. ... If we did it in partnership with two or three entities, that would be great because our costs would be reduced."
Sheila McLaughlin contributed to this story.
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