New Partnership Announced

Monday, December 15, 2008

Morton, IL - Today, the Morton Chamber of Commerce and the Morton Economic Development Council (Morton EDC) announced a new partnership that will allow both organizations to share staff members, facilities, and resources.  “The Chamber of Commerce is delighted that we have been able to structure a new partnership that will provide a tremendous benefit to both organizations,” said Linc Hobson, President of the Morton Chamber of Commerce.

Morton Economic Development Council CEO, Jennifer Daly, will add the responsibilities of Executive Director for the Morton Chamber of Commerce to her current role beginning January 1.  In return, staff members of the Morton Chamber of Commerce will provide support services, clerical support, and bookkeeping for the Morton EDC.  “The partnership will allow Jennifer to fully utilize her strong leadership qualities and give her the staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of both organizations,” said Jim Benckendorf, President of the Morton Economic Development Council.

This partnership will enable both organizations to coordinate business assistance efforts, streamline office expenses, and offer a more synchronized community development strategy to Morton businesses and citizens.  While each entity will retain its unique mission and activities, the sharing of staff members will provide an ongoing and consistent communication stream between the Chamber and the Morton EDC that will strengthen all efforts.  “Both organizations are committed to supporting local business,” said Hobson.  “This new partnership will allow us to do so in a way that is both impactful and non-duplicative.”

Staff-sharing models in community and business development organizations are becoming quite prevalent throughout the country.  Many communities are recognizing the benefits that come with this type of partnership.  Examples in our own area include Peoria’s Heartland Partnership, the Greater Burlington Partnership, and Davenport One. “We used a staff-sharing model very effectively in my former community,” said Daly.  “We had five people in one office that ran three organizations.  Because we had one, unified team, our efforts were coordinated and non-duplicative.  The structure also gave us a synergy that we wouldn’t have had if we had all been separated and it provided an easy, one-stop location for our clients, investors, and citizens.”

The new partnership will begin January 1st, when the Morton EDC offices will relocate to the Morton Chamber of Commerce offices on Jefferson Street.  “The businesses and residents of Morton will now be able to go to one location to ascertain information and obtain assistance on many aspects of business development, local projects, and programs,” said Benckendorf.  “This move will continue to allow both the Morton Chamber of Commerce and the Morton EDC to further rout goals to strengthen businesses and improve the quality of life in Morton.”



The Morton Economic Development Council exists to positively shape the future of Morton. 

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