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FCDC down to two

By Staff | Nov 29, 2010

Travis Keister

And now there are two.

The Faribault County Development Corporation is another step closer in filling the executive director position.

Travis Keister, chairman of FCDC’s hiring committee, says the private, non-profit group has narrowed its choices to two.

“Both are currently involved with economic development. They are very qualified, capable and have the experience to take our organization forward,” he says.

Keister wouldn’t name the candidates nor say where they are currently employed. He says one person is from Minnesota and the other lives outstate.

The next step is scheduling the final round of interviews, which are expected to be next month.

Keister says FCDC’s seven board of directors will interview the finalists.

“We’re hoping to bring the two candidates the week of Dec. 13-17, if not earlier,” he says. “Our plan is to make an offer and have an acceptance by the first of the year.”

The four-member hiring committee had a large pool of candidates to choose from. Some 16 people applied for the position, which has been vacant since the end of August.

“We had a lot of applicants who were very qualified. They had master’s degrees and experience,” he says. “It was difficult getting it down to four.”

FCDC, also known as Go Minnesota, placed ads on the League of Minnesota Cities website and an economic development website.

Keister wouldn’t say how much the new director will be paid. However, past ads have listed the starting salary between $70,000 and $90,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

Earlier this month, Keister lobbied the Blue Earth City Council to continue its financial support. In each of the past two years, the city has given $50,000 to FCDC.

Whomever the development group hires, the first course of action will be clear.

“We have to get more memberships. We have to try and get other communities in the county involved. More businesses have to join our group and work to create jobs,” he says.