Editor’s note: Donovan Rowe was recently named the new superintendent of Huron Schools following the Huron Schools Board’s several months of searching and interviewing candidates. Rowe was recently appointed to the Local Development Finance Authority as the representative for Huron Schools.
The Huron Township LDFA is run by the efforts of a board of directors who care about the community and business that goes on in the community. The Local Development Finance Authority of Huron Township exists to provide public improvements necessary or desirable to facilitate, promote and sustain industrial development within the established district.
New trustee this past year, Donovan Rowe, became a member of the LDFA as one of the appointments permitted by the Huron School District Board of Education. “I think some important aspects of the group are to help businesses create jobs in the area,” said Rowe, “while creating win-win scenarios for the township. In addition, the expansion of area businesses is good for the township and provides the schools with opportunities to partner with those businesses.”
One recent key initiative is the expansion of the Brose Plant in New Boston. The expansion will lead to new jobs as well as increased partnerships with the local schools.
Rowe believes he can bring a unique perspective to the LDFA. As the Superintendent of the Huron School District, “I am able to bring some insight to the group from the educational community.” Said Rowe, “For example, The Huron School District is completing a strategic planning process. This process has involved the facilitation of 28 focus groups, including community groups in the area. After reviewing all of the feedback, we are boiling the information down into the mission, beliefs, initiatives, and vision of the Huron School District. This vision will drive our work for the next 5 years.”
This type of understanding of the community helps to bring a different perspective on the LDFA board. Rowe said, “I am hopeful that I will be able to add to the collective effectiveness of the group.”
The Local Development Financing Act (LDFA), allows eligible entities to establish area boundaries, create and implement a development plan, acquire and dispose of interest in real and personal property, issue bonds and use tax increment financing to fund public infrastructure improvements for eligible property. The tool is designed to promote economic growth and job creation. The board has used these tools to support companies in manufacturing, agricultural processing, and high technology operations.
The Huron Township LDFA is home to many other successful manufacturing businesses with space to grow new companies. Recently the group has developed a new LDFA2 district with many opportunities for new business. Contact a board member at 734-753-4466 ext. 115
Source: Huron Township LDFA