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Posted: Monday, 14 October 2013 10:30PM

St. Joseph Commission Tables Written Contract With Cornerstone



New Cornerstone Alliance President Vicky Pratt is intent on doing things her way in Southwest Michigan. To that end, Pratt went to the St. Joseph City Commission last night to get in writing a contract between the city and Cornerstone for "economic development services," but any action has been tabled until December. Commissioner Fran Chickering wanted time to study the issue.

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The contract calls for the city to pay Cornerstone $60,000 a year for economic development services. The agreement has been in place for years, but only as a handshake deal between former City Manager Frank Walsh and the past leaders of Cornerstone. That shocked Pratt when she realized it.

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Chickering and Commissioner Mary Goff will head up an ad-hoc committee looking into the deal, and will report back to the City Commission in December. Since Pratt took over for Wendy Dant-Chesser, there has been just one major jobs announcement by Cornerstone. That was the establishment of Kay Manufacturing in St. Joseph Township, with all of the work done to secure that company wrapped up prior to Pratt's arrival.

   

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