City Council signs agreement with LEDC

An argument over whether the Levelland Economic Development Corporation should pay for using city facilities ended Monday when the city council OK’d an agreement.

The agreement, which was approved by the LEDC board last week, calls for the organization to pay the city for the cost of payroll services and benefits for its staff.

It also states that the city and LEDC agree to make available personnel and facilities necessary to ‘perform all economic development activities and programs for the benefit of the community.

Mayor Waymon Jackson disagreed.

‘The LEDC needs to have their own office separate from the city,’ Jackson said. ‘It needs to stay 100 percent separate.’

Shawn Kirkpatrick, LEDC director of economic development, said that having two LEDC employees working out of city hall provides ‘one stop shopping for economic development.’

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