A group named the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce created less than two years ago, on July 31, 2012, and headed by lobbyists and Mayor Marks long time campaign manager  Sean Pittman and Tallahassee Lawyer Harold Knowles, is seeking to be added to the governance structure that will have influence over when and how Blueprint money will be spent over the next twenty years.

On April 22, 2014, County and City Commissioners will decide if the Big Bend Minority Chamber (BBMC) will get a seat on the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) which will provide oversight and guidance with regards to the traditional Blueprint infrastructure projects.

The elected officials will also decide if the BBMC gets a seat on the Economic Development Coordinating Committee (EDCC) which will evaluate and recommend economic development projects for Blueprint funding.

The fact that the BBMC is included as part of the governance structure recommendation drafted by County staff  is surprising since the final report by the Sales Tax Committee recommended a governance structure for economic development projects that did not include the BBMC.

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