By Chris Furguson
At the July 3 meeting of the Brawley City Council, it was announced Imperial Valley Enterprise Zone director Diane Cason would be leaving her position on July 19th. Cason, who has been the IVEZ Director since 2008, will be moving to a new job at CAL-Energy.
Cason was credited by the council as the first director of the Enterprise Zone who “got the ball rolling” on setting up the agency and marketing it’s programs, including the employee tax credit the zone has.
Brawley council member Ryan Kelley jokingly asked “do we have the right to refuse her resignation?”
The discussion moved onto the process in finding Cason’s replacement. The most feasible process, according ot meetings with the Joint Power Authority that runs the enterprise zone, is to begin a recruitment process that would take two months to complete, including advertising and a selection of applicants.
The hope is that the process would take two months from Cason’s retirement. Two other options, including merging with the Calexico County Enterprise Zone staff, were rejected as not possible at the present time.
Earlier in the day, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors encouraged their staff to look into merging both zones into a single entity in order to increase communication with the county. A similar effort in 2010 to merge the zones at the request of the state agencies failed when both Brawley and Calexico rejected the idea.
Both enterprise zones are run by Joint Powers authorities that consist of members of the home community, the County and the Imperial Irrigation District.
More information will be available in next week’s print edition of the Imperial Valley Weekly – Calexico Chronicle.