Public invited to Port Authority annual meeting Monday

The Fergus County Port Authority will hold its annual meeting Monday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Stockman Bank conference room, 1716 West Main.
The annual meeting is open to the public and will focus on goal setting and planning for the next three years, said board chairman Bret Carpenter.  Former county extension agent Dave Phillips will facilitate the meeting, which is scheduled for two to three hours.
The Port Authority’s mission is business recruitment and retention and the creation and maintenance of jobs in Fergus County. Its board has recently regrouped to focus on this mission.
At a recent meeting, FCPA board members individually listed the one- and three-year goals they saw as most important for the group.  Those ideas and others developed at the meeting Monday will guide the Port Authority’s work in the coming year.
“The Port Authority has reached out to a number of groups in the area who are doing good work in economic development to see if and how we can assist and support them,” said vice chairman Dave Byerly.  “We also have identified some areas where we can perhaps provide some leadership.
“There is a lot of good work and positive energy in Central Montana right now, and Monday’s meeting will help us develop what areas we can focus on to make a difference.”
The meeting also will touch on the immediate need to find an interested community member to fill a vacant board seat and development of a revised mission statement.
Other board members are Dan Bartel, Tom McKenna, Bob Steinmann, Pete Peterson, Karen Kuhlmann and Terry Atkinson.
Anyone interested in joining the Port Authority board should contact Carpenter at Stockman Bank in Lewistown, 535-8370.
Representatives of other local community development groups, city and county are invited to attend Monday’s Port Authority meeting.

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