UCDA and the future

The Union County Development Association is attempting to revive attendance at and interest in its annual meeting with a new wrinkle or two this year.

After several years without having a dinner with the event, the association will hold a dinner meeting Monday evening in the New Albany Middle School cafeteria.

And the committee that put the event together has started a “Citizen of the Year” award, which will be recognize an individual’s contributions to the improvement of Union County and encourage others to do the same, according to Dr. Thomas Barkley, chairman of the award committee.

Another wrinkle is that Kevin Charles Furniture will have a workstation at the event and an accent chair will be constructed and given away at the conclusion of the program.

Sean Suggs, vice-president of administration at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, will be the featured speaker.

We hope the dinner meeting will help UCDA. The Gazette is a paying member and we support the organization. We’ll be there and we hope others will be, too.

However, as we see it, the underlying issues involving UCDA and its mission won’t be resolved over a meal in a school cafeteria. Much of the organization’s traditional work has been siphoned off to others – economic development, marketing and tourism, even Tallahatchie RiverFest.

We think there is a role for UCDA, perhaps even eventually as a Chamber of Commerce, but a good public discussion, along with better cooperation between city and county elected officials, are keys to building support for a new course.