April 13, 2012
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Lairmore elected as chairman of GVEZ
VIENNA—Jerry Lairmore of Gasconade County was elected chairman of the Gasconade Valley Enterprise Zone at its reorganization meeting March 23 in Vienna. Lairmore, Gasconade County commissioner, is a new officer to the board and replaced Mark Hays.
Ray Schwartze was elected to serve as vice president. Schwartze is presiding commissioner of Maries County. Byron Baker, of Legends Bank in Linn, will serve as secretary and represent Osage County, and Larry Backes, city clerk of Chamois, will serve as treasurer and represent Osage County.
Terry Helton was appointed to serve as a board member representing Maries County in place of Hays.
The group will host the annual meetings of the individual Enhanced Enterprise Zones within Maries, Gasconade and Osage counties at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle. There are four EEZs in the three county area: the Maries County Enhanced Enterprise Zone, the Gasconade County Enhanced Enterprise Zone, the Gasconade County Enhanced Enterprise Zone and the Chamois Area Enhanced Enterprise Zone. Each is comprised of a seven-member board.
The Gasconade Valley Enterprise Zone works to promote, coordinate and facilitate community and economic development in Gasconade, Maries and Osage counties and coordinates the marketing and administration of those four zones. A portion of the three-county area is a state designated enterprise zone that offers certain property tax abatements to qualifying companies locating or expanding in the zone. The GVEZ is providing administrative serves to the EEZs through an administrative agreement with Meramec Regional Planning Commission.