Licking County Chamber of Commerce president Cheri Hottinger anticipates a full agenda when the Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corp., or CIC, meets for the first time at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, at the chamber offices in Newark.

Licking County Chamber of Commerce president Cheri Hottinger anticipates a full agenda when the Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corp., or CIC, meets for the first time at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, at the chamber offices in Newark.

The previous county CIC, the Industrial Growth Corp., was dissolved Nov. 29 to make way for the new one.

Hottinger said choosing officers, establishing committees and their goals and objectives and setting meeting times and schedules would be among the goals for the first meeting.

Hottinger said previously that the CIC is a coordinated "front-door" approach to economic development, proposed to prepare Licking County to compete for jobs and development locally and globally.

The CIC has a three-year fundraising goal of $750,000 and has already raised roughly $650,000. Hottinger said the overall goal is to create one entity for site speculators and developers to learn everything they need to know about building sites in Licking County. Also, the public-private CIC's goal is make the nation and the world aware of what Licking County has to offer.

The Licking County commissioners on Jan. 24 appointed six people to the CIC.

"No real drama there," commissioner Tim Bubb said.

He said the appointees basically were the same group named to the temporary CIC formulating committee that was created job descriptions and policy for the organization.

"They didn't have a term of office before," Bubb said. "We just hung in with them."

The appointees include Bubb and Hebron Mayor Clifford Mason, who will serve one-year terms. Licking County community development manager Warren Weber and Johnstown village manager Jim Lenner were appointed to two-year terms and New Albany community development director Jennifer Chrysler and Licking County Department of Jobs and Family Services director John Fisher were appointed to three-year terms.

The county appointees join eight chamber of commerce appointees and one port authority appointee to create a 15-member board.

Hottinger said the first round of interviews for a CIC development director should be the week of Feb. 6. She said the chamber has received 16 applications from people across the nation and, at this point, she is interested in interviewing seven or eight candidates.

Hottinger said the original goal was to have a development director in place by Feb. 1, but the position was posted just before Christmas, which limited the number of resumes received. She said the position, which pays $80,000 or more per year, depending upon qualifications, was reposted to allow more people to apply.

"Experience is a key qualification," Hottinger said.

She said some of the applicants are heavy on the government side, but anyone who qualifies for an interview must have several years experience. Being local would be advantageous, although not required.

"Local people already know everyone," she said.

It is required, however, that the new development director must work well the chamber's staff members.

Hottinger said she never would want to place her staff or the new director in a position where they did not get along.

"The person has some pretty big shoes to fill," she said.