Berryville looking for business pro: City, chamber to hire executive director of economic development

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 ~ Updated 10:51 AM

BERRYVILLE -- Following Ginger Oaks' departure as executive director of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce, the city and the chamber are working together to find a new business leader.

The City of Berryville is accepting applications through Feb. 14 for the executive director of economic development. The job description indicates that the city and chamber are looking for someone with previous experience and/or a college degree in a related field.

The executive director will also split his or her time between performing job functions for the city and the chamber. The city side involves recruiting businesses to come to Berryville, while the chamber aspects of the job will include planning special events such as the annual ice cream social and assisting the chamber board at its meetings, according to Chamber President Dustin Walker.

"We're also going to try to revamp our website, and this person will be responsible for that," Walker said.

Given the duties of the position, it will be funded by both the chamber and the city.

"The Chamber of Commerce will contribute substantially to the salary," Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney said, later adding that $20,000 of the $40,000 salary will come from the chamber.

McKinney said the salary could be slightly less or more than $40,000 depending on the hire's experience, and the city will cover whatever the chamber's $20,000 doesn't.

At last week's meeting, the Berryville City Council approved -- on its third reading -- an ordinance expanding the hours that the two-hour parking limit is enforced on the square. There is a 30-day waiting period before the ordinance goes into effect, limiting parking on the square to two hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The two-hour parking limit currently goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The City Council also heard updates on the digital inventory work being done at the Saunders Museum, spearheaded by Alderman Linda Riddlesperger.

"We're getting the groundwork started," Riddlesperger said, adding that it entails a lot of data input.

"We appreciate Linda taking this on," McKinney said. "It's something that's been needed for many years."

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