The Decatur Economic Development Corp. (EDC) board voted Thursday to contribute $15,000 to help promote the 2014 State Championship sporting clay shoot at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds.
The donation makes the EDC a title sponsor for the event, which will be held Sept. 17-21. Fossil Pointe is located off Farm Road 51 about 14 miles northeast of Decatur.
“It’s the first time it’s being held here,” Decatur Mayor Martin Woodruff, a member of the board, said. “I know it’s not something that’s occurring within the city limits of Decatur, but it’s a Decatur community event. There are some potential benefits to us.”
With $30,993 left in its marketing budget after two months, the vote commits half of the remaining funds to the event. The payout will be fairly quick, since Fossil Pointe owners David and Maryam Niederer requested the funds in order to promote the event.
The Decatur City Council will also consider a donation at their meeting Monday. The city would use hotel/motel tax revenue to fund the donation, since it does not have a budget item specifically for such promotions.
The EDC, which is under the city but funded by a separate half-cent sales tax, is designed to help promote the community.
“This is what we’re formed to do – promote the city from a business standpoint,” Woodruff said. “I think it’s an opportunity we probably ought to take advantage of.”
The only other major expense that would normally come out of the EDC’s marketing budget would be the $8-$10,000 it spends on the annual business appreciation dinner, held in February.
“If something else comes up and we want to do it, we might have to look at formally amending the budget,” Woodruff said. He offered the motion that the EDC approve a title sponsorship in amount of $15,000, and board member Jay Davidson seconded it. The vote was unanimous.
The board’s other business Thursday morning consisted of routine reports, approval of bills and invoices.
New EDC executive director Mary Poche will start her duties Jan. 6.