SIKESTON - Joel Evans used many words to describe his job as Scott County developer - challenging, exciting and, occasionally frustrating - and it is obviously one he enjoys as he detailed his duties to the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce.
During the SACC's monthly meeting Thursday, Evans added, "If you ask me what I will do from one day to the next I never know." Primarily, he said his job includes grant writing and researching, economic development, Web site management, project management and liaison.
In filling these various roles, Evans said he has worked to acquire grants from government and private sources for the Scott County Sheriff's Department for equipment and technology needs, created logos for local communities, done industrial research, worked with improving security for the court house and assisted in staff development programs. Another recently completed project under Evans' direction was the renovation of the county's war memorial and the dedication ceremony.
His work with the county's Web site at www.scottcountymo.com has made the site a popular one with such features as "The Best of Scott County" poll, election results and community event information.
"And there have been some things I never suspected," added Evans. He said in his role as county developer he has researched everything from environmental regulations for feedlots to the requirements for gun ranges.
The future for the county and the county developer include stepping up marketing plans promoting Scott County as well as continuing to seek funding for projects such as courthouse preservation.
According to Evans, Scott County voters will be asked to continue a 1/2 sales tax when they go to the polls in April. Currently the tax is used for law enforcement, however, if extended by voters, the money would be used to create an archive center, which would also be a multipurpose building and a countywide emergency operations center.
Prior to Evans' presentation, SACC Executive Director Missy Marshall urged members to submit nominations for awards which will be presented by the Chamber during the annual banquet on April 12. Submissions should be made by Feb. 15.