• Slow start troubles some councilors, financial commitment questioned
BROOKINGS – “I’m very appreciative of this body,” Jay Bender told the Brookings City Council Tuesday.
“I respect your decisions. I can tell you, more than being appreciative, we’re dependent on you at this point for our operations. If we don’t have your support, we’ll still try to figure out how to do things … All I can ask is to give us a little more time.”
Bender, a prominent Brookings businessman, was speaking in his role as chair of the Growth Partnership board, the organization that oversees the Research Park at South Dakota State University.
Bender was asked by the council for an update on progress at the Research Park. The council, and especially Councilor Jael Thorpe, wanted to know what the city was getting for its $150,000 annual support payment and the $2.5 million it invested in roads and curb and gutter at the research and technology center.For the complete article see the 08-30-2013 issue.
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