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Jan 16, 2013 10:20 AM by Associated Press

Tangipahoa panel calls for district elimination

AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish Council has voted unanimously to take whatever steps are necessary to dissolve the Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development District, which has not been fully functional or met in the past several years.

The Advocate reports the council passed a resolution Monday requesting that the parish's legislative delegation petition the Legislature to dissolve the board after learning in a letter from attorney Cliff Speed that because the board was created by the Legislature only that body could cause its elimination.

Parish Councilman Carlo Bruno, in calling for abolition of the board, said two boards were assigned to perform the same tasks. The other entity charged with economic development, the Tangipahoa Industrial Development Board, is functioning and promoting businesses in the parish.

Stacey Neal, executive director of economic development for the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation, the marketing arm of the parish's business development initiative, said she has repeatedly tried to call a meeting of the TPEDD board but has been unable to muster a quorum. She said she didn't know how long it had been since members of the TPEDD board had even met.

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